In a major step toward developing a new "family physician" specialty, the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association has authorized the necessary planning by AMA's Council on Medical Education.
The action was among decisions made by the House during the 20th Clinical Convention in Las Vegas.
A family physician is defined as one who would be a personal physician, oriented to the whole patient, practicing both scientific and humanistic medicine.
In making its recommendations to the House, the Council called on the report of its Ad Hoc Committee on Education for Family Practice. Among other things, the committee urged that this specialty have primary and major board certification, not that of secondary status to some other specialty.
"Preparation of a sufficient number of family physicians to meet the public need," the report to the House said, "will require a considerable span of time, with the full cooperation of