Study Reviews Resident and Residency Characteristics Associated with Population Health Management

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Using data collected from the American Board of Family Medicine as part of the certification examination application, the authors, Erika K. Schuster, BS and Lars E. Peterson, MD, PhD assessed residents' Population Health Management preparedness via a single, self-reported question.

Using data collected from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) as part of the certification examination application, the authors, Erika K. Schuster, BS and Lars E. Peterson, MD, PhD assessed residents' Population Health Management (PHM) preparedness via a single, self-reported question.

Results from 6,135 residents from 442 family medicine residencies indicated that 69% reported being extremely or moderately prepared to perform PHM. There were no residency program characteristics associated with PHM preparedness; however, independent resident characteristics associated with reported preparedness including being an international medical graduate (IMG) and of Hispanic ethnicity. In addition, residents who reported feeling prepared to perform PHM were also likely to report feeling prepared to use electronic health tools to manage population health, to lead quality improvement projects, and to provide care in different settings. These results support earlier work that found IMG family physicians were more likely to perform PHM in practice.

The complete article can be found at: http://www.stfm.org/FamilyMedicine/Vol49Issue10/Schuster772

Correspondence and inquiries should be addressed to: Lars E. Peterson, MD, PhD, 1648 McGrathiana Parkway Suite 550, Lexington, KY 40511. 859-269-5626. Fax: 859-335-7501. lpeterson(at)theabfm.org

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