As one of the nation’s newest medical specialties, Family Medicine focuses on patient care in the context of the family and the community. Today’s family physician has a broader base of training for patients of all ages, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
After becoming a specialty in 1969, as recognized by the AMA’s Council on Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Medical Specialties, three-year Family Medicine residencies were established. Developed to meet the public’s demand for a well-trained physician to care for the entire family, these residencies soon began to reverse the decline in general practitioners caused by the post-WWII “Age of Specialization.”
Today, over 470 Family Medicine residency programs are found in virtually every part of the country. Since 1969, these programs have produced over 77,000 graduates with an additional 3,000 annually.
Unlike other specialties, Family Medicine is a specialty in breadth. The variety of medical problems seen during a normal week and the flexibility of practice models leads to a high degree of practice satisfaction among residency graduates. This variety combined with the intense, ongoing involvement in the changing lives of his or her patients, gives the family physician a unique level of satisfaction not available in other specialties. As a result of this comprehensive, continuous care, family physicians enjoy the added perspective of how one patient’s illness affects the rest of the family.
Most importantly, Family Medicine is a people specialty. This specialty is all about relationships! The family physician is guaranteed a rewarding and satisfying lifestyle by the personal, continuing contact with his or her patients, with their families, and within the community.
Find out more about our residency by contacting the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho:
Holly Taniguchi, Residency Coordinator
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
777 N. Raymond
Boise, ID 83704