Facilitating collaboration among academic generalist disciplines: A call to action

Jean S. Kutner, John M. Westfall, Elizabeth H. Morrison, Mary Catherine Beach, Elizabeth A. Jacobs, Roger A. Rosenblatt

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To meet its population's health needs, the United States must have a coherent system to train and support primary care physicians. This goal can be achieved only though genuine collaboration between academic generalist disciplines. Academic general pediatrics, general internal medicine, and family medicine may be hampering this effort and their own futures by lack of collaboration. This essay addresses the necessity of collaboration among generalist physicians in research, medical education, clinical care, and advocacy. Academic generalists should collaborate by (1) making a clear decision to collaborate, (2) proactively discussing the flow of money, (3) rewarding collaboration, (4) initiating regular generalist meetings, (5) refusing to tolerate denigration of other generalist disciplines, (6) facilitating strategic planning for collaboration among generalist disciplines, and (7) learning from previous collaborative successes and failures. Collaboration among academic generalists will enhance opportunities for trainees, primary care research, and advocacy; conserve resources; and improve patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-176
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of family medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2006


  • Academic generalism
  • Administration
  • Collaboration
  • Delivery of health care
  • Family medicine
  • General internal medicine
  • General pediatrics
  • Health services research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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