A report on the creation of a new program to improve family medicine residents' understanding, and quality of care, of anticoagulation patients. Patients requiring anticoagulation therapy pose unique issues requiring a systematic approach to their care, balancing the potential benefit from therapy with possible adverse events. Here, we describe a model that helps to standardize both the care received by patients on anticoagulation therapy as well as the training of family medicine residents caring for those patients. A team-based model of care (family medicine residents, clinical pharmacists, and nurses) is used to achieve the goals of improved care and education. Clinical pharmacists are used in concert with family medicine residents and attendings to assess patients' medication profiles and help direct patient care and resident learning. Both the idea itself and the formal structure are presented in a model for possible adaptation to other programs.
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