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The DMP: Where Are We and Where Do We Go From Here?

J Burmeister

J Burmeister1*, M Morales2 , C Coffey2 , N Papanikolaou3 , (1) Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, (2) Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, (3) University of Texas HSC SA, San Antonio, TX


SU-I-GPD-P-14 (Sunday, July 30, 2017) 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Room: Exhibit Hall

Purpose: Although several DMP programs have been created, there are currently no established standards for their content or characteristics. We surveyed program directors with the intent of proposing recommendations for standardization and determining the potential impact of the DMP on trainee output.

Methods: The survey was distributed in September 2016 to all ten program directors who indicated in the 2015 CAMPEP survey that they had or are considering a DMP program. The survey gathered data on content, structure, cost, and current/future enrollment.

Results: Eight programs provided data including all five institutionally-approved programs and three considering the DMP. Four of eight respondents indicated that their DMP consists of substantially more than an MS and clinical residency, including all but one of the institutionally-approved programs. Mean and range values were 97(80-125) for total credit hours, 47(30-63) for didactic credit hours, 8(0-17) for research credit hours, $70k($3.8k-$132k) and $95k($3.8k-$140k) for total program tuition for residents and non-residents, respectively. All three institutions with both a DMP and PhD required at least as many credit hours for the DMP as the PhD. At the time of survey, 42 students were enrolled in four programs (38 RT, 4 DI) and the maximum anticipated matriculation for all programs providing data was 31 per year (28 RT, 3 DI).

Conclusion: There currently is no consensus on composition of DMP training curricula; however, all three accredited, and four of five institutionally approved programs, include significantly more than an MS plus residency. This evidence should help promote such consensus. The maximum projected number of annual DMP trainees was roughly three times the current DMP matriculation of 11 per year. We could therefore expect these eight programs to ultimately produce a maximum additional increase of approximately 15% and 10% in the number of board-eligible trainees in RT and DI, respectively.

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