Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Nominations Being Accepted for Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Nominations Being Accepted for Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program

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To help increase the number of generalist physicians, and ultimately increase access to primary care, 15 U.S. medical schools were awarded more than $3.5 million in grants under the second round of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program. Next year's nominations for the program are currently being accepted.

Selected medical schools each received up to $240,000 for 4 years to support the salary and research costs of one outstanding junior faculty member in family medicine, general pediatrics, or general internal medicine. It is intended that these faculty scholars win serve as role models for medical students considering careers as generalist physicians. Specifically, the grants will allow each scholar to enhance his or her research productivity, develop innovative mentoring programs for medical students, and participate in the design and implementation of primary care education initiatives.

In order to assure access to high-quality care at an affordable cost, policy-makers recommend that generalists make up approximately 50 percent of the physician supply. Yet in 1993, less than 20 percent of graduating medical students intended to become generalists.

Nancy E. Foster, deputy director of the program explains that the benefit of more practicing generalists is increased access to primary care and better coordination of care. …

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