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February 12, 1968

Education of the Family Physician

Author Affiliations

From the College of Medicine, the Pennsylvania State University, and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa.

JAMA. 1968;203(7):495-498. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140070051011

The opening of a new four-year medical school offers an unusual opportunity to develop a fresh approach to the educational program for the medical student. The recent emphasis on improving the delivery of medical care to the public makes it particularly appropriate to examine the role of the family physician. If his role can be clearly defined, the educational and training program necessary to prepare him and to keep him abreast of new developments can be devised.

Educational Base  The education of the practitioner and of the health scientist is concerned with the study of living things. The study of living things is the study of biology, but in medicine we are concerned chiefly with one species, the human being. The thread which can run throughout the educational sequence from the preprofessional through the professional and practice years is that of human biology.In the study of biology, the natural