Robert H. Fletcher, MD; Suzanne W. Fletcher, MD
▪ Preventive health care is an important part of the practice of internal medicine but is poorly taught and practiced in most residencies. A successful curriculum would impart knowledge of the preventive health care guidelines recommended by expert groups; provide opportunities for residents to understand the conceptual basis of preventive care; expose residents to clinical faculty with positive attitudes toward prevention; help residents to learn skills in physical examination, screening tests, and counseling in behavioral modification relevant to prevention; and provide a practice environment in which high-quality preventive health care is possible. All of the skills can be learned as other aspects of medicine are now learned-under the guidance of capable and respected faculty teaching at the bedside, in the clinics, and during ward rounds and conferences.
Fletcher RH, Fletcher SW. Teaching Preventive Medicine and Health Maintenance. Ann Intern Med. ;116:1094–1098. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-12-1094
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(12_Part_2):1094-1098.
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