Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012
ACGME looks at length of training in family medicine
Should family medicine residents train for three years or four? It's a question being considered by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME) Review Committee for Family Medicine, which recently announced a second application period for its pilot study program to be open through Saturday.
The review committee hopes to study 20 to 25 programs over a four-year, length-of-training period beginning in July 2013. The committee already has selected five U.S. naval hospitals and seven other non-military programs across the country to participate in the pilot.
In a story posted on the American Academy of Family Physicians website, Peter Carek, MD, chair of the review committee, said the project is expected to "serve as a wealth of data and information regarding the optimal methods, curriculum and patient care activities needed in a training program."
Although several years down the road, the committee's recommendations will add an interesting piece to the graduate medical education (GME) landscape amid existing concerns over the stability of GME funding and duty-hour restrictions.
Principles established to help physician employees
A new set of principles from the AMA aims to help physicians, those who employ physicians and their respective advisors identify and address some of the unique challenges employment presents to professionalism and the practice of medicine.
The AMA House of Delegates adopted the principles in November during its Interim Meeting.
"The principles for physician employment provide a broad framework to help guide physicians and their employers as they collaborate to provide safe, high-quality and cost-effective patient care," AMA Board of Trustees member Joseph P. Annis, MD, said. "The guidelines reinforce that patients' welfare must take priority in any situation where the interests of physicians and employers conflict."
The AMA also offers a variety of resources to meet the needs of employed physicians, a growing segment of the profession.