The Future of Family Medicine

  • Donald L. Fink


The establishment of the Board of Family Practice in 1969 marked the formal beginning of the specialty of family practice and the era of new approaches to family medicine.* While only 20 years have passed since this ordinal date, it is clear that family medicine has been an active force in changing both the medical education and health service systems in the United States. Despite resistance and lack of understanding of the goals of family practice and family medicine, both inside and outside the medical field, recognition of the significance of the contributions of both to medical practice has been growing.


Family Medicine Family Physician General Internal Medicine Family Practice Health Service System 
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