The Role of the Family Practice Residency Program in Training

  • John Blossom


Family physicians must be aware of and responsive to patients in many stages of health and illness, with a variety of diseases, and in countless interactions with environment. This natural complexity has helped generate and support family medicine’s interest in the behavioral sciences, including anthropology, systems analysis, sociology, family therapy, and health care economics. The academic entity responsible for training family practice physicians is the residency program in family practice, which plays a major role in organizing education, clinical practice, and research of and by its members. To achieve these goals, residency programs have drawn on disciplines outside but logically adjacent to family medicine. Using concepts and language from behavioral and social sciences, this chapter describes the role of the residency program in training family physicians. Viewing programs as cultural units, it describes the identities, people, and processes within these units. It concludes with a discussion of the program director’s leadership role and use of power to achieve program goals.


Program Director Family Physician Residency Program Formal Identity Family Practice 
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