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November 12, 1973

Family Medicine

Author Affiliations

Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta

JAMA. 1973;226(7):791. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230070051026

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To the Editor.—  I heartily agree with Ransom and Vandervoort (225:1098, 1973) that family medicine should be taught to medical students as a core throughout their medical training in most disciplines. In a study of undergraduate family medicine programs, I found them mainly preceptorship in type, with few students involved for short periods only. In 32% of medical schools responding, less than 10% of the students were exposed to any "family medicine." Seventy percent of programs provided exposure for periods of under three months for one to two hours per week. In few programs was the whole family seen. Most did not require home visits (in only 8% were home visits required, and in 2% home visits were suggested). Most programs did not have a team approach. Specific criteria for family selection were not used, and only in 16% of programs were students following a specific family.Teaching family medicine