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 (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.

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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)

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Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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