Privileges and Training for New Procedures

Many new procedures and techniques are being developed to aid in the care of patients, and many of these procedures/techniques are pertinent to the practice of family medicine. The AAFP strongly believes that the granting of privileges for new procedures and techniques for all physicians should be made on the basis of each physician's documented training and/or experience, demonstrated abilities and current competence.

The AAFP further believes that courses to teach new procedures and techniques should be available to all physicians, regardless of specialty. Since many of the new procedures and techniques are very important to the practice of family medicine, the AAFP will work to ensure that such courses will be made available to family physicians.

The AAFP recommends that every hospital have a protocol for establishing the privileging criteria for a procedure new to the hospital and for which no privileging criteria currently exist. The purpose for establishing such a process is to assure that the eligibility to exercise a new procedure is determined fairly, rigorously and with regard to ascertaining competence, rather than promoting or limiting access to any particular speciality. (1983) (2010 COD)