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AAFP Honors Top 10 Medical Schools for Contributions to Family Medicine Workforce
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 06, 2010
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224
At a time when the United States is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, filling the pipeline is vital to the health of America, according to AAFP President Lori Heim, M.D.
"Family medicine faculty are essential to ensuring that students receive a high quality medical education from caring and competent family physicians," she said. "Their commitment to family medicine and their contributions to providing the best possible education are essential to the future of our specialty and to the care of patients."
The schools employ several initiatives that support students who are interested in and most likely to become family physicians. Those initiatives include student outreach, admissions policies that target students from rural and medically underserved areas, clinical rotations that emphasize positive experiences in family medicine, faculty involvement in medical school committees, strong family medicine interest groups and financial aid packages that minimize student debt.
The 2010 award recipients and the percentage of graduates entering family medicine are:
- The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, with 20.4 percent.
- The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, with 19.2 percent.
- Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota, with 16.9 percent.
- The University of Kansas School of Medicine, with 16.6 percent.
- West Virginia University School of Medicine, with 16.5 percent.
- The University of Minnesota Medical School, with 16.3 percent.
- The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences School of Medicine, with 16.2 percent.
- The University of Nevada School of Medicine, with 15.8 percent.
- James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, with 15.5 percent.
- The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, with 14.6 percent.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org.
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