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Korean Journal of Family Medicine 2021;42(6):477-482.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4082/kjfm.20.0244    Published online November 20, 2021.
Defining Essential Topics and Procedures for Korean Family Medicine Residency Training
Youhyun Song1  , Jinyoung Shin2  , Yonghwan Kim3  , Jae-Yong Shim4 
1Department of Family Medicine, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Family Medicine, Konkuk University Medical Center, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
3Department of Family Medicine, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Cheongju, Korea
4Department of Family Medicine, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding author:  Jae-Yong Shim, Tel: +82-2-2019-2630, Fax: +82-2-3462-8209, 
Email: hope@yuhs.ac
Received: 9 November 2020   • Revised: 23 April 2021   • Accepted: 7 May 2021
This study aims to create a comprehensive list of essential topics and procedural skills for family medicine residency training in Korea.
Three e-mailed surveys were conducted. The first and second surveys were sent to all board-certified family physicians in the Korean Academy of Family Medicine (KAFM) database via e-mail. Participants were asked to rate each of the topics (117 in survey 1, 36 in survey 2) and procedures (65 in survey 1, 19 in survey 2) based on how necessary it was to teach it and personal experience of utilizing it in clinical practice. Agreement rates of the responses were calculated and then sent to the 32 KAFM board members in survey 3. Opinions on potential cut-off points to divide the items into three categories and the minimum achievement requirements needed to graduate for each category were solicited.
Of 6,588 physicians, 256 responded to the first survey (3.89% response rate), 209 out of 6,669 to the second survey (3.13%), and 100% responded to the third survey. The final list included 153 topics and 81 procedures, which were organized into three categories: mandatory, recommended, and optional (112/38/3, 27/33/21). For each category of topics and procedures, the minimum requirement for 3-year residency training was set at 90%/60%/30% and 80%/60%/30%, respectively.
This national survey was the first investigation to define essential topics and procedures for residency training in Korean family medicine. The lists obtained represent the opinions of Korean family physicians and are expected to aid in the improvement of family medicine training programs in the new competency-based curriculum.
Key Words: Internship and Residency; Education; Curriculum; Topic; Procedure; Family Medicine


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