Students Get It

A recent survey designed to measure medical students’ perceptions of the work life of primary care physicians and of sub specialist physicians shows that they probably get it.  Overall, students’ responses to statements about primary care and subspecialist work life were……negative.  Sad but true.  They also thought:

  • physicians spend too much time on administrative work and are pressured by the pace of work, and
  • payers restrict quality of care and conflict with physicians’ clinical judgments.

Read the article in the AAFP news if you want to see more but I think it is so interesting that I am not the only one who believe the COEFFICIENT OF BUREAUCRATIC DRAG is too high.  Even medical students realize that it is others (administrators, insurance companies, etc) who are screwing up our profession.

I wonder what the medical students’ answers would have been if this study was done 75 years ago?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]