OHSU in AAFP top 10 for family medicine workforce

aafp_award-300x271The School of Medicine is among nine other U.S. medical schools honored by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) with an award for contributing the most to the nation's pipeline of family physicians. OHSU was second on the list, with 18.4 percent of our medical school graduates choosing a family medicine residency during the three-year period analyzed by the AAFP. "This contribution is important to the

specialty and, more importantly, to the health of all Americans," said Perry Pugno, MD, MPH, AAFP's Vice President for Education in a letter announcing the award.

John Saultz, MD, Chair and Professor, Department of Family Medicine and several members of the department's faculty attended the awards ceremony, held April 27 during the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference.

"It was an honor to accept the award on OHSU's behalf. We have a longstanding commitment to building our nation's family physician workforce," said Dr. Saultz. "Averaged over three years, about 18% of our medical students at OHSU entered family medicine residencies. This places us second in the nation, but still falls short of the need for family physicians in our communities. With health care reform on the horizon, we need to do much better."

In 2012, 55 of our 121 fourth-year med students, or 46 percent, chose residencies in primary care disciplines, which include internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics. While many of the students choosing internal medicine and pediatrics will go on to sub-specialize, this continues to be a strong initial showing in primary care, compared to many other areas of the country.

OHSU's graduate medical education programs in family medicine are highly competitive. In 2012, 1,067 applicants vied for 12 spots in Family Medicine, and there were 902 applicants for eight spots in Family Medicine Cascades East (in Klamath Falls). U.S. News & World Report named our family medicine education program fifth in the nation (tied with University of New Mexico) in its latest rankings (OHSU login required).


Pictured: Dr. Saultz, accepting the Top Ten award from American Academy of Family Physicians' Dr. Pugno


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