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America’s heartland is starved for doctors, and (believe it or not ) there’s rarely a dull moment

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Aug 9, 2018 2:27:57 PM

Supply and demand – it's basic economics. But what happens when demand outweighs supply? And what happens when the demand is for doctors to care for people?

That’s what’s happening right here in America, as the demand for physicians continues to outweigh the supply. What we have now is a physician shortage that limits access to medical care – and sadly, rural communities have been hit especially hard.

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Topics: physician shortage, rural medicine, family practice, emergency room

Medical Schools: Friend or Foe of Primary Care?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jun 25, 2014 9:13:17 PM

"There's a crisis in primary care, probably much worse than most people realize," says Dr. Steven Berk, Dean of the Texas Tech University School of Medicine (The New York Times, September 9, 2012). Interestingly enough, on the first day of medical school, almost half of U.S. students surveyed intend to go into primary care. Why is it then that fewer than 20 percent actually end up in a primary care field like family or general medicine? What changed their minds between year 1 and year 4 of medical school?

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Topics: locum tenens, primary care, internal medicine, student loans, Dr. Ken's Corner, family practice, debt

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