Procedural Skills, Scope of Training in Family Medicine Residencies
Family medicine residencies should strive to teach residents all procedures within the scope of family medicine. They should, at a minimum, teach residents those procedures done by a substantial number of practicing family physicians both in the ambulatory and inpatient settings. Whenever possible, family physician faculty should teach these procedures.
Procedures and skills associated with maternity care and hospital care remains essential parts of family medicine residency training and clinical practice. Each family medicine residency must have faculty, board certified in family medicine, who actively teach, have clinical privileges and practice maternity care. As the scope of family medicine changes, family medicine residencies should strive to teach new or emerging procedures or techniques that are within the scope of family medicine.