Miller School of Medicine Conference Representatives Witness Family Medicine’s Growth

Faculty members, residents and medical students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine attended the recent Florida Academy of Family Practice (FAFP) Winter Summit and witnessed a growing interest in family medicine, according to E. Robert Schwartz, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

“Increasing numbers of medical students at UM are becoming interested in family medicine careers,” said Schwartz, whose role on the FAFP Board of Directors involves representing the chairs of all of the academic family medicine programs in the state. “You just have to look at the statistics — we recently received more than 1,700 applications for the eight positions open in our residency training program. One reason is the broad scope of the practice; your patients include children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.”

Schwartz and a colleague who is also a board member, Penny Tenzer, M.D., associate professor and vice chair, and director of the department’s increasingly popular residency program, are watching the trend closely.

“The changing job market is another reason more and more students are attending these meetings,” said Schwartz. “There is a national shortage of primary care doctors, and those choosing to go into family medicine are finding a wide variety of career opportunities.”

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