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J Am Board Fam Med. 2007 Jul-Aug;20(4):356-64; discussion 329-31.

Preparing the personal physician for practice (P(4)): meeting the needs of patients: redesign of residency training in family medicine.

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Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC 20037, USA. mwhitcomb@aamc.org

Abstract

Family medicine stands at a critical point in its history. To achieve a place of enhanced prominence within American medicine, the discipline must acknowledge the fundamental changes that have occurred in the country's health care system in recent decades and discard its historical attachment to the fundamental beliefs that led to the establishment of the specialty almost 40 years ago. If the discipline is to serve the most critical needs of the American public, family medicine residency programs must be redesigned to train family physicians who will be experts in the ambulatory care of patients with chronic disease. To accomplish this, family medicine residency programs should provide residents in training with a more concentrated experience in the care of such patients. The enhanced focus of training on education for chronic illness care can be accomplished within a 2-year training period by eliminating training requirements that are no longer relevant to the practice of family medicine in most communities.

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17615416
DOI:
10.3122/jabfm.2007.04.070100
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