By: Beau Boughamer
AAFP News Now published a story on research by two family physicians in Seattle indicating that — as the headline put it — the pairing of health centers and family medicine residencies is a “match made in heaven.” The work appeared in the Annals of Family Medicine.
Training family medicine residents in community health centers, or CHCs, may provide a solution to the primary care workforce shortage, according to a study by two family physicians in Seattle. Such affiliations can be encouraged through changes in graduate medical education, or GME, funding and other proposals being discussed as part of health care reform, say the two FPs.
Located in rural and other underserved areas, the CHCs that employ such arrangements get dedicated physicians to staff their clinics, the residents get the rigorous and wide-ranging clinical training CHCs can provide, and the patients receive high-quality care, they say.
Moreover, residents who train in a residency-affiliated CHC are four times more likely than those from nonaffiliated programs to continue to work in CHCs, according to the study.