June 10, 1983

Community Physicians

Author Affiliations

University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita

JAMA. 1983;249(22):3015. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330460015009

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To the Editor.—  It was a pleasure to read Dr Rakel's sensible editorial on research in family medicine (1983; 249:75); however, in referring to family physicians in Britain as "community physicians," there may be some confusion.In Britain, "community physicians" is the rather unsatisfactory title for those physicians whose specialist training is in epidemiology, statistics, and other subjects related to the provision and monitoring of health services. These physicians form a faculty within the Royal College of Physicians; hence, each qualifies as an MFCM (Member of the Faculty of Community Medicine). Most are employed by health authorities in planning, managing, and monitoring health services; others are in academic and research departments.