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Primary Care Workforce: A Responsbility to the Investors?

Posted Sep 12 2008 6:29am
This week’s JAMA takes a look at medical education and the results are not too flattering for primary care. The most startling statistic was that out of 1177 internal medicine residents surveyed only 24 (2%) of internal medicine residents did not intend to specialize and pursue a fellowship.

One of the articles raises an interesting question, the federal government helps fund residency programs–does the government have an obligation to to ensure tax payers that there are enough primary care physicians? Does this public investment create a right or responsibility to limit the numbers going into specialties to steer more into primary care?

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