Maintenance of skills for today's family physician

The SAGE approach to physician learning

Robert C. Oh, Jennifer L. Junnila, Dean Seehusen, John A. Edwards, Guy P. Runkle

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Abstract

Physicians need practical ways to maintain and augment clinical skills after residency training. The problem is amplified when a physician encounters a new practice environment that requires retraining in particular skills. With their broad scope of practice, family physicians are especially prone to deterioration of infrequently used skills. The SAGE model for lifelong learning provides a simple solution for today's military family physicians. Scan, assess, gather, and experience are four key steps physicians should take when maintaining or upgrading clinical skills. This approach allows physicians to identify available resources and to develop action plans to improve skills. Supervisors must encourage physicians to be honest in self-assessment of patient care skills and should support the acquisition of improved skills. System-based solutions, in keeping with suggestions from the Institute of Medicine, are introduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1012-1015
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary Medicine
Volume170
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Family Physicians
Maintenance
Learning
Physicians
Clinical Competence
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Health and Medicine Division
Internship and Residency
Patient Care

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Maintenance of skills for today's family physician : The SAGE approach to physician learning. / Oh, Robert C.; Junnila, Jennifer L.; Seehusen, Dean; Edwards, John A.; Runkle, Guy P.

In: Military Medicine, Vol. 170, No. 12, 01.01.2005, p. 1012-1015.

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Oh, Robert C. ; Junnila, Jennifer L. ; Seehusen, Dean ; Edwards, John A. ; Runkle, Guy P. / Maintenance of skills for today's family physician : The SAGE approach to physician learning. In: Military Medicine. 2005 ; Vol. 170, No. 12. pp. 1012-1015.
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