Anticipating the future: A national survey of family practice residency directors

T. W. Day, F. W. Hafferty

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The directors of family practice residencies were surveyed to measure the effect on family practice of the multitude of recent changes in medical organization and practice. The survey achieved a response rate of 80% (N = 306) and revealed that 90% of program directors were generally optimistic about the current status and future vigor of the specialty. Of the respondents, 72% expressed positive opinions regarding the effects of HMOs, and 93% perceived sufficient availablity of practice opportunities. Due in large part to these perceptions, only 11% supported a proposal to combine family practice and internal medicine residencies. Teachers of family medicine are encouraged to pass along these measures of positive growth and optimism to medical students considering the specialty of family practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-358
Number of pages4
JournalFamily Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

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