Family Medicine Gets Renewed Focus | BlackDoctor

    Family Medicine Gets Renewed Focus

    (BlackDoctor.org) — The Council on Graduate Medical Education says primary care physicians account for 32 percent of all physicians nationwide. Of these, only 12.7 percent practice family medicine, down from 50 percent in 1961.

    Although the number of medical school graduates entering family medicine rose slightly to 1,317 in 2011 from 1,184 in 2010, experts say there is a severe shortage of family physicians at a time when the population is aging and the number of people with health insurance is set to expand.

    In response, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., has rolled out a new family medicine residency program, which employs a patient-centered medical home model.

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