Primary Care Education


This was what was written in a side section of the Oct Family Practice News:

Medical schools with the subject of three strong resolutions from New Hampshire delegates tired of hearing about professors who shoot down primary care as a career option.

Delegates didn’t like that either and voted for the AAFP to poll new residents about what medical school faculty said regarding about family care, and to figure out how many medical school graduates go to primary care each year and how many are still added five years later.

The big hammer, though, was a vote from delegates for the academy to consider a push to link medical school accreditation and CMS education reimbursements to number of graduates going to primary care.

Is it me or are these delegates clueless?  Yes, professors are telling students not to go into primary care.  So is every other family doctor.   Why?  Pay!  Why else?  Because they are grooming LELTs to take over.   Instead of trying to punish medical schools, why don’t you fix the problem by making the profession more attractive to go into?  Or I guess you can use your big hammer (is that hysterical or what?  Maybe it is a phallic metaphor?) to try and create laws to force students into going into the field.  Yeah, like that is going to work.

  4 comments for “Primary Care Education

  1. Kurt
    December 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    FP as a viable specialty is dead. LELT’s and FMG’s will be the norm. Heck if I was from outside the USA and FP was my ticket in, I’d take it. I do not use the term FMG in a derogatory manner. FP’s are kicked out of hospitals in the urban areas and believe you me,
    NP’s can do a decent job with office work. I don’t recommend FP to any students anymore.

  2. Sharon Bass MD
    December 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

    From Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog- “The hammer is my penis”.
    Yep, that’s what the vote is.

  3. Ken
    December 15, 2013 at 11:48 am

    “voted for the AAFP to poll new residents”–whenever I hear a poll is going to be taken I assume nothing is going to actually change. I have filled out countless polls in my career, and the only effect I ever see is making administrators feel like they are doing something without actually doing anything.

  4. Pat
    December 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

    A parallel track to the government gradually preparing to force all physicians to take Medicare/Medicaid. “MD” will increasingly mean loss of autonomy and economic freedom.

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