What is a footprint map? These maps depict the historical relationship between a program and its community, state, and region. The areas incorporated in the 'footprint' have most consistently attracted program graduates and may not have had as many family physicians if the program had never existed. In this regard, the footprint may be a measure of dependence on the program for their family physicians. Areas with graduates but outside the footprint are not unimportant, as many may be underserved areas. Residency programs have used these maps for internal reflection on whether or not they are fulfilling their mission, and to demonstrate their value to hospital and community leaders.
Data Sources: The Robert Graham Center used physician practice location information from the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile and graduate medical education information from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Practice locations (including county) were extracted from a geocoded Masterfile and specialty information for each active physician practicing in the U.S., and from the AAFP database the residency program codes for each Family Physician in the U.S.
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