The roots of the UPMC Altoona Family Physicians residency go back to the training of interns and specialists at the old Altoona Hospital in the 1950s and 1960s. Many area surgeons and general practitioners started their careers training at the hospital. When Family Medicine became a specialty, Altoona decided to focus on the training of family physicians. In 1976, the first family medicine resident graduated, and osteopathic family medicine residents were added in 1981.
Vignette published in Archives of Dermatology, October, 2001
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