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Teaching Preventive Medicine and Health Maintenance

Robert H. Fletcher, MD; and Suzanne W. Fletcher, MD
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Current Author Addresses: Drs. Fletcher and Fletcher: American College of Physicians, Independence Mall West, Sixth Street at Race, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1572.


© 1992 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(12_Part_2):1094-1098. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-116-12-1094
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▪ 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.

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