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January 2007


This article has been peer reviewed. It was published in Family Medicine 39(1):57-59, January 2007, available at Copyright by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and reproduced in the Jefferson Digital Commons by permission.


From the introduction:

The specialty of family medicine is now more than 30 years old. Fitting for its stage of life, family medicine predoctoral education has achieved appropriate maturity and parity with other core clinical departments and has assumed its role and responsibility in medical education within the academic health center. Of course, this wasn’t always true.