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August 30, 1971

Clinic Training of the Family Physician

Author Affiliations

Oklahoma City

JAMA. 1971;217(9):1246. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190090068025

To the Editor.—  The survey by Brown et al1 of the clinical content of general practice in Massachusetts revealed that 78% of patients were cared for outside the hospital and 25% of patient visits were for health maintenance problems.It was apparently on findings such as these that the authors concluded that a different type of training would be needed for future family physicians. We are afraid your readers will be misled by this conclusion; the proposed "different" training is precisely the orientation of many current family practice residencies.The AMA Ad Hoc Committee of Education for Family Practice recommended:Emphasis (should be placed) upon the ambulatory patient, upon diseases of high incidence, chronic diseases, emotional and behavioral problems, preventive medicine, health maintenance, and rehabilitation.2The modern family practice residencies carry out the above recommendations through the use of a model clinic as a training facility.3 Preliminary