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 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) unequivocally holds 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.
Further, educational opportunities for physicians to learn 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.
All hospitals should have a standing protocol for establishing the privileging criteria for a procedure new to that institution 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 specialty. (1983) (2020 COD)