Preparing the personal physician for practice (P(4)): essential skills for new family physicians and how residency programs may provide them

J Am Board Fam Med. 2007 Jul-Aug;20(4):348-55; discussion 329-31. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2007.04.070059.


Family Medicine residency programs must change substantially to prepare for new family physicians a model of practice for the 21st century. This article describes 10 essential skills that are part of a new model of family medicine and the educational changes and resources needed to obtain them. These skills include management of a population of patients, patient-centered care, personal medical home, best knowledge at the point of care, continuous access to multimodal communication, a new platform of care, time intensive visits, group visits, teamwork and interpersonal skills, and financial practice management.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / organization & administration*
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Physicians, Family / education*
  • Physicians, Family / standards
  • Professional Competence*
  • United States