Profile of Family Physicians in the United States
From its modest beginnings in 1969 with 15 pilot family practice residency programs, the specialty of family practice expanded to 394 family practice residency programs in 1992 located in all states and Puerto Rico, with the exception of Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and New Hampshire. The total number of residents in training in 1973 was 1754, and this number surpassed 7000 only 8 years later in 1981.1–4 In 1992 there were 7457 residents in training in family practice residency programs with between 2400 and 2600 residents in each residency class. Two all-time highs were set in July 1992 when there were 2789 first-year positions and 2530 of them were filled. As of July 1992, there were 36,543 physicians who had completed family practice residency programs.
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