ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Family medicine, general
Argues that family medicine, once a potentially "catalytic innovation" in the words of a December 2006 Harvard Business Review article, needs new ideas if it is to recover itself as a movement rather than a downtrodden specialty.
But while this is an ugly time for family medicine and health care in general, it is fruitful as well. We may not recognize it as it happens, but somewhere the future is coming to be, whether it’s the Future of Family Medicine or some other, lower-case future.
To maintain the dynamism of family medicine, we must define ourselves by what we can do better than everyone else. Family physicians need to combine skills in practice management, wellness medicine, information technology, home visits, family dynamics and community medicine.
The article examines common causes of professional dissatisfaction among physicians and suggests possible solutions.
Asks, and proposes answers to, ten questions the author thinks will have bearing on the fate of the specialty.
By emphasizing the family physician's role as a caregiver for patients in underserved areas, we can strengthen our specialty.
The author, a physician recruiting consultant, outlines the decline in search asssignments for family physicians over the past several years and gives four reasons why he believes there will be a turnaround, including population growth and physician maldistribution.
Argues that the depressing Match results suggest the future of family medicine unless all of family medicine can get behind the FFM initiative.
This article will provide a summary of the recommendations from the Future of Family Medicine Project as well as commentary from members of the FFM Task Force about what the recommendations might mean for practicing FPs.
Introduction to Jennifer's article on the FFM recommendations.