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Profile of Family Physicians in the United States

  • Daniel J. Ostergaard
  • Gordon Schmittling

Abstract

From its modest beginnings in 1969 with 15 pilot family practice residency programs, the specialty of family practice expanded to 452 family practice residency programs in 1996 located in all states and Puerto Rico, the first time in history that at least one residency program is located in each state.1–3 The total number of residents in training in 1973 was 1754; this number surpassed 7000 only 8 years later in 1981.4 In 1997 a major milestone was reached when more than 10,000 residents were in training in family practice residency programs (10,102) with 3200 to 3500 residents in each residency class. Two all-time highs were set in July 1996 when there were 3572 first-year positions, and 3494 (97.8%) of them were filled (Table 130.1). As of January 1996 46,800 physicians had completed family practice residency programs.

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Family Physician Office Visit Family Practice Physician Specialty Medical School Graduate 
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  • Gordon Schmittling

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