Physician Well-being: Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Center for Integrated Primary Care

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Family Medicine | Medical Education | Primary Care


This document is endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). This AAFP Curriculum Guideline defines a recommended training strategy for family medicine residents. Attitudes, behaviors, knowledge, and skills that are critical to family medicine should be attained through longitudinal experience that promotes educational competencies defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), www.acgme.org. The family medicine curriculum must include structured experience in several specified areas. Much of the resident’s knowledge will be gained by caring for ambulatory patients who visit the family medicine center, although additional experience gained in various other settings (e.g., an inpatient setting, a patient’s home, a long-term care facility, the emergency department, the community) is critical for well-rounded residency training. The residents should be able to develop a skillset and apply their skills appropriately to all patient care settings.


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Brown SR, Runyan C. Physician Well-Being: Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents. American Academy of Family Physicians. April 2019. https://www.aafp.org/medical-school-residency/program-directors/curriculum.html or https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/medical_education_residency/program_directors/Physician_Well-being.pdf.

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Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Guidelines


Developed 03/2018 by University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Family Medicine Residency and University of Massachusetts Worcester Family Medicine Residency.