As a teacher of family practice residents, I believe that family practice is a specialty uniquely devoted to the continuity of care of the family as a unit: meeting the primary health care needs of each individual and the family as a whole, with continuity being the cornerstone of that health care. However, family practice residents spend a great deal of their educational time on specialty services such as cardiology, orthopedics, and pediatrics. While the family practice faculty knows some cardiology, for example, it is still most appropriate for the resident to have formal training about such subjects from experts in the fields. So the resident spends time rotating on the various services, specialties, and subspecialties. Nevertheless, the process of continuity of care cannot be learned from books. It cannot be learned by the resident or taught by the staff in a block rotation of one or two months. The
Hinnen GJ. Family Practice Residents on Specialty Services. JAMA. 1982;248(5):590. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330050072038
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