National Project on the Funding of Family and Community Medicine in the 21st Century

This National Project seeks to provide an analysis, reflecting current economic throught, of the impact of various revenue streams to academic medical centers during the 20th century to the structure of those medical centers and to the physician workforce that they in the aggregate produce.

Members of the National Project editorial board meeting at the Salon Isla Contoy in Cancun: (From Left to Right) J.Jerry Rodos, DO, Midwestern University; John G. Bradley, MD, Southern Illinois University; Lorena Chicoye, MD, Milwaukee; Ludlow B. Creary, MD, MPH, , Los Angeles; William H. Burnett, MA, National Project Staff; John E. Midtling, MD, MS, University of Tennessee, Memphis; Charles E. Henley, DO, MPH, Oklahoma University, Tulsa

Among the outcomes of the National Project will be discussion and proposals as to how policy-makers in corporate non-profit and government settings can and should alter incentives and revenue streams to medical education so as to impact the future physician workforce.

Some of the analytical work created for this National Project will form the basis for focused studies scheduled as part of the National Project on the Community Benefits of Family Medicine Residency Programs.

An Invitational Retreat was held to develop the outline of publications on the past and future financing streams for the doctoral and postdoctoral training of community- and family-oriented physicians.

The publications are intended to present analytical and historical information produced by the National Project on the intended and unintended consequences of past public policy. The publications will outline a prescription for re-incentivizing the current system to improve health care delivery in an economically realistic way.