The need for more generalist involvement

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There's an interesting article in the Annals of Family Medicine: Facilitating Collaboration Among Academic Generalist Disciplines: A Call to Action, by Jean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH, John M. Westfall, MD, MPH, Elizabeth H. Morrison, MD, MSED, Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH, Elizabeth A. Jacobs, MD, MPP and Roger A. Rosenblatt, MD, MPH, MFR


ABSTRACT

To meet its populationā€˜s health needs, the United States must have a coherent system to train and support primary care physicians. This goal can be achieved only though genuine collaboration between academic generalist disciplines. Academic general pediatrics, general internal medicine, and family medicine may be hampering this effort and their own futures by lack of collaboration. This essay addresses the necessity of collaboration among generalist physicians in research, medical education, clinical care, and advocacy. Academic generalists should collaborate by (1) making a clear decision to collaborate, (2) proactively discussing the flow of money, (3) rewarding collaboration, (4) initiating regular generalist meetings, (5) refusing to tolerate denigration of other generalist disciplines, (6) facilitating strategic planning for collaboration among generalist disciplines, and (7) learning from previous collaborative successes and failures. Collaboration among academic generalists will enhance opportunities for trainees, primary care research, and advocacy; conserve resources; and improve patient care.

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