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December 8, 1969

Implementing the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Education for Family Practice

Author Affiliations

From the Council on Medical Education, American Medical Association, Chicago.

JAMA. 1969;210(10):1906-1910. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160360052012

The Ad Hoc Committee on Education for Family Practice was appointed in September 1964, by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA) with the concurrence of the AMA Board of Trustees and given the following charge:

  1. To review present AMA policy regarding the future of family and/or general practice and determine whether the goals of such policy are being achieved.

  2. To recommend the educational approach by which present goals may be achieved if they are not now being achieved.

  3. To define and recommend policies by which these goals may be achieved.


Formation.—  For a substantial period of years, the AMA House of Delegates had repeatedly emphasized the importance of family practice in the pursuit of optimum health care for the public, but the number and percentage of recognized family practitioners had continued to decline. The House firmly indicated its desire to reverse