ERIC Number: ED028727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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A Blueprint for a Medical School Undergraduate Teaching Program in Primary Care. Annual Report. United States Public Health Service.
Missouri Univ., Columbia. Program Development and Evaluation Center.
There is a critical need for medical specialists (most appropriately, physicians) who function as coordinators of care, a role ascribed in the past to the general practioner or family doctor. The term "general practitioner" should be avoided for this new specialist is a team coordinator who is trained in communications and interpersonal relationships and has the administrative acumen necessary to select from a wide array of community services those best suited for his patients. Training the "primary physician" (the term preferred here) must be carefully planned. The primary care curriculum should be undertaken by every medical student as a base for further training and will demand a multidisciplinary approach. In instruction, the emphasis must be on the learner, and the goals and methods of the training program should be supported by the entire medical faculty. The general objectives of the program to teach skills, knowledge and behavior critical to primary care are to give students the opportunity to see, participate in and learn within the structure of a model program in which comprehensive, coordinated health services are available to an identified patient population, and to view a variety of services, properly selected and sequenced, over a period of time. It also aims to provide the undergraduate with knowledge necessary to decide whether to pursue graduate training as a primary physician, maximize further learning opportunities in the field, and relate effectively with primary physicians if another specialty is chosen. (JS)
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Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Program Development and Evaluation Center.