Incorporating population medicine into primary care residency training

Wayne S. Dysinger, Valerie King, Tina C. Foster, Dominic Geffken

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Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Expanded competencies in population health and systems-based medicine have been identified as a need for primary care physicians. Incorporating formal training in preventive medicine is one method of accomplishing this objective METHODS: We identified three family medicine residencies that have developed formal integrated pathways for residents to also complete preventive medicine residency requirements during their training period. Although there are differences, each pathway incorporates a structured approach to dual residency training and includes formal curriculum that expands resident competencies in population health and systems-based medicine. RESULTS: A total of 26 graduates have completed the formally combined family and preventive medicine residencies. All are board certified in family medicine, and 22 are board certified in preventive medicine. Graduates work in a variety of academic, quality improvement, community, and international settings utilizing their clinical skills as well as their population medicine competencies. Dual training has been beneficial in job acquisition and satisfaction. CONCLUSIONS: Incorporation of formal preventive medicine training into family medicine education is a viable way to use a structured format to expand competencies in population medicine for primary care physicians. This type of training, or modifications of it, should be part of the debate in primary care residency redesign.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)480-486
Number of pages7
JournalFamily medicine
Volume43
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

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    Dysinger, W. S., King, V., Foster, T. C., & Geffken, D. (2011). Incorporating population medicine into primary care residency training. Family medicine, 43(7), 480-486.