This paper outlines efforts being made at the University of Kansas Medical School to develop a program that maintains for the university the great value of the specialties as an administrative framework, as the backbone of residency training, and as a means of maintaining high standards for consultation and referral practice, and, concurrently, a program providing a large role for the general practitioner.
The methods being used are extramural and intramural preceptorships, postgraduate and circuit courses, and the appointment of general practitioners to the fulltime staff. These are not "planned" or "projected," but are major, established functions of the school.
All senior students are required to spend from five to six weeks as preceptees (fig. 1). A panel of general practitioners selected by a committee of the state medical society is submitted to the school, and from this list suitable preceptors are chosen. The preceptor is selected only