Maybe she is referring to some of the pilot P4 programs There is still a small OB requirement but these programs are in some part exempt from the RRC requirements. This will actually start next year. There is no list for these programs yet but they must inform applicants of their P4 status.
Hmm...could be. More info on the P4 demonstration here: http://www.stfm.org/messenger/2006/September/messenger.html
no, not really the sports med. i'm suprised the p4 initiative and residency changes aren't generating more discussion. it's incredibly interesting. changing the length of FP residency? starting in the 4th year? integrated MPH's? and they're all different! THAT'S what i was talking about. now why isn't anybody else?
i think there are some some radical changes, some incredibly interesting. at the same time, is it necessarily better to take out so much hospital training and focus heavily on outpatient? i like taking care of my inpatients, but i DON'T want to do med-peds (no closed ortho, no behavioral medicine, limited women's health, 0 OB, OH, and it's a year longer). i know it's becoming less and less common, but i do plan to admit my own patients.
fortunately, and like we said, these are just a few experimental sites making these changes and we can find what we need that suits our personal goals among them (since they're all so different), and of course the existing traditional programs. but what if these ideas take off? what if residency training becomes heavily outpatient through all 3 years? what if most FP residencies become 4 year programs (a common theme amongst the P4 sites)? IF you take out the ob (which i know "nobody is using", yet i see help-wanted ads for FP's w/ OB in the journals constantly and know many FP's who manage their own low-risk OB [even in FL!]), what is the difference between med-peds and FP? both 4 years, but one can further specialize, and one can work in hospitals or clinics. seems somewhat limiting to the FP, especially w/ the 'threat' of mid-level practicioners in the outpatient setting.