Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Foundation Awards $2.7 Million to Increase Supply of Generalists

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Foundation Awards $2.7 Million to Increase Supply of Generalists

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Eighteen U.S. medical schools will participate in a $32 million grant program to plan new ways to select and train students who will become family practitioners, general internists, and pediatricians, officials at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) have announced.

The 18 schools, chosen from among 83 applicant institutions nationwide, received 18-month awards of up to $150,000 each from the Princeton, New Jersey-based philanthropy. The medical schools will work cooperatively with State governments, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), private insurers, and others to formulate their program strategy. The schools' strategies will include plans that will alter medical school admissions policies and undergraduate medical education curricula, improve residency training programs, and strengthen the practice environment for practicing generalist physicians. The program is called the Generalist Physician Initiative.

"The tendency of physicians to choose highly focused medical specialties and subspecialties has important implications for the kind of medical care offered in the United States, who gets it and where, and how much it costs," said Steven A. Schroeder, M. D., president of the RWJF. "An oversupply of specialists is inefficient, expensive, and creates barriers to appropriate care," he added. …

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