For many new physicians, the transition from resident to practicing physician can be quite an adjustment. While you’ve spent years studying and training for this moment, life after residency can be a lot to handle as you quickly find it has its own unique set of responsibilities, such as paying back student loans, choosing a direction for your career, and simply navigating the ‘real-world’ as a young professional.
"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?