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American College of Physicians*. The Role of the Future General Internist Defined. Ann Intern Med. 1994;121:616-622. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-121-8-199410150-00011
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1994;121(8):616-622.
In this position paper, the American College of Physicians Task Force on Physician Supply examines the current and future roles of the ideal general internist. Discussed are the characteristics shared by all internists, whether engaged in general or subspecialty practice; current trends and the growing crisis in the supply of primary care physicians; and the practices and patient characteristics of both general internists and family physicians.
The Task Force considered four options for the future general internist but rejected them because they either maintained the status quo or were retrogressive: 1) allowing the community-based general internist to disappear; 2) strengthening the generalist's identity as a primary care-oriented physician who provides no subspecialty care; 3) becoming hospital-based generalists who act principally as consultants; or 4) becoming fully trained subspecialists who also provide primary care.
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