Ridiculous Study of the Month

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Building More Medical Schools Won’t Solve Patient Access Issues

Yup, that was the headline.  It turns out that we needed the brilliant ivory tower professors to figure out that no medical student wants to choose a specialty where he or she gets paid the least and that you can add all the medical school slots you want but they won’t choose primary care.  And we needed a study for this?  Why didn’t they just read this blog? I’ve been saying this for 12 years on this site.


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] 

  5 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Month

  1. Stella Fitzgibbons MD
    January 29, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Yes, but 12 years ago we could still get orthopedists, ENTs and plastic surgeons to provide ER coverage at the hospitals where they made their big bucks. They are careful to avoid EMTALA penalties when they are on call–but more & more hospitals are finding that they simply can’t fill their on-call schedule because doctors are too busy with sports medicine, cosmetic procedures and infertility to risk their incomes and mess up their appointment schedules by helping out in a facility that serves–ewww!!–uninsured patients.

    • Pat
      January 29, 2014 at 8:06 am

      (…and the lawyers…don’t forget about the lawyers…)

  2. Pat
    January 27, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Doug you must be joking – are you tenured? Are you peer-reviewed? Do academic journals publish your grant-funded work?

    Since when does the Ivory Tower seriously consider those whose only claim to expertise is that they actually do the damn work?

    • Ray
      January 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Hey Pat…you don’t have to be tenured, published, or peer reviewed to recognize when something is dead. Primary care is dead…unless we doctors can resuscitate it. Resuscitation of primary care requires new life blood into the pipeline. That life blood is students… who actually want to be family doctors. I teach students regularly in my family practice office. They don’t want to be family doctors. Why? Because they cannot imagine paying off $300-$500,000 in student loans on the salary of a grunt Family Doctor. It does not take a Harvard educated , tenured , published, and peer reviewed economist to figure that one out. It’s just horse sense.

      • Pat
        January 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

        Couldn’t agree more

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