Interim Physicians Blog

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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