Back to the future: Reflections on the history of the future of family medicine

Noemi C. Doohan, Jill Endres, Nerissa Koehn, John Miller, Joseph E. Scherger, James Martin, Jennifer E. Devoe

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These are historic times for family medicine. The profession is moving beyond the visionary blueprint of the Future of Family Medicine (FFM) report while working to harness the momentum created by the FFM movement. Preparing for, and leading through, the next transformative wave of change (FFM version 2. 0) will require the engagement of multigenerational and multidisciplinary visionaries who bring wisdom from diverse experiences. Active group reflection on the past will potentiate the collective work being done to best chart the future. Historical competency is critically important for family medicine's future. This article describes the historical context of the development and launch of the FFM report, emphasizing the professional activism that preceded and followed it. This article is intended to spark intergenerational dialog by providing a multigenerational reflection on the history of FFM and the evolution that has occurred in family medicine over the past decade. Such intergenerational conversations enable our elders to share wisdom with our youth, while allowing our discipline to visualize history through the eyes of future generations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)839-845
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


  • Health policy
  • Medical education
  • Primary health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice


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