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 commonly done by practicing family physicians both in the ambulatory and inpatient settings. Whenever possible, family physician faculty should teach these procedures to all interested learners.

Procedures and skills associated with maternity, hospital, and office-based care remain essential aspects of family medicine residency training and clinical practice. Each family medicine residency must have family physician faculty, 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.  (1994) (2019 July BOD)