US production of new primary care doctors falls far short of need, study finds

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 20 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4018
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Despite the growing need in the United States for primary care physicians, less than 25% of doctors coming out of US training programs are going into primary care, a study has found.

The findings show a serious mismatch between the kinds of doctor the US needs and what is produced by its taxpayer funded graduate medical education system, said the study’s lead author, Candice Chen, assistant research professor of health policy at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, DC. …

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