25% by 2030

Several family medicine organizations kicked off a long-term initiative dubbed the 25 x 2030 Student Choice Collaborative which is:

Simply put, they will work for the next 10-plus years to ensure that by 2030, 25 percent of combined U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical school seniors select family medicine as their specialty.

In the picture above you can see AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D. speaking at an event at AAFP headquarters, tells attendees about his first positive encounter as a medical student with the family medicine interest group (FMIG) on his campus. “Today at the AAFP, we love our FMIGs because this is where our medical students have an opportunity to connect with mentors and role models.”

My question is, how do you want to entice them?  Here are some things to dangle in front of medical students:

  1. Be one of the lowest paid doctors
  2. Work longer hours
  3. Do clerical work all day
  4. Be employed by a hospital and treated as if you could be replaced any day
  5. Be offended by NPs and PAs who state they can do the same job as you while the AAFP does nothing
  6. Burn out
  7. Be graded on metrics you have no control over

You can let them spend some time with employed or insurance billing family docs and let them see for themselves or you can let them spend time with a direct primary care doctor and let them see:

  1. Higher pay
  2. Work less hours
  3. Do little clerical work
  4. Be your own boss
  5. Still get offended by NPs and PAs who state they are “equal”
  6. Be happy
  7. Not be graded on bogus metrics

Hmmm, tough choice, right? Well, I could find NOTHING in this initiative that talks about Direct Primary Care.  Any thoughts to why?

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