Policy Analysis Committee Assigned National Community Benefits Project Oversight

Ventura Countuy Medical Center Family Medicine Center; Ventura, California
Ventura Countuy Medical Center Family Medicine Center; Ventura, California

The Coastal Research Group Executive Board assigned the Coastal Research Group Policy Analysis Committee operational responsibility for the National Project on the Community Benefits of Family Medicine Residency Programs.

The Committee held meetings on the National Project on April 11 and 12, 2005 to begin a detailed review of responses from the first phase of Survey Site Visits, the 41 site visit surveys conducted between July 2003 through March 2005. (See list of 41 Family Medicine Residency Programs surveyed in the “National Workshops and Associated Research” News category.)

The National Project on the Community Benefits of Family Medicine Residency Programs, initiated in August, 2000, has developed strategies to define how family medicine residency programs, individually and in the aggregate, impact their institutions and communities.

The strategies consist of:

1) developing constructs for defining and organizing such impacts (the taxonomy of benefits),

2) conducting brainstorming sessions and workshops,

3) developing a consortium of residency programs (“the profiled residency programs”) to participate in multi-institutional research on the subject,

4) developing a Site Survey Questionnaire and conducting it onsite at each of the profiled residency programs,

5) analyzing the questionnaire responses, and

6) preparing for Focused Studies and policy papers on issues raised by the National Project.