Michael Karpf, MD; Gerald S. Levey, MD
In response to a perceived need for an increase in primary care services, Congress passed the Health Professional Educational Assistance Act (PL 94-484) in 1976. This legislation stimulated the development of organized primary care programs that emphasized teaching in ambulatory care settings; psychosocial issues; and, most importantly, a defined curriculum. In this issue, Noble and colleagues (1) essentially give a 10-year progress report on the effects of this legislation. Their data suggest that, compared with graduates from categorical programs, these graduates tend more often to select careers in primary care; to have at least equal, and possibly greater, success in
Karpf M, Levey GS. Training Primary Care Physicians. Ann Intern Med. ;116:514–515. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-6-514
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(6):514-515.
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