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9/10/08

Fewer US med students choosing primary care

As fewer med students are choosing primary care and Internal medicine as a career, these places are being occupied by IMG(Internal medical graduates).
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Fewer US med students choosing primary care

Only 2 percent of graduating medical students say they plan to work in primary care internal medicine, raising worries about a looming shortage of the first-stop doctors who used to be the backbone of the American medical system.

Just 2 percent of nearly 1,200 fourth-year students surveyed planned to work in primary care internal medicine, according to results published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In a similar survey in 1990, the figure was 9 percent.

Family medicine had the lowest average salary last year, $186,000, and the lowest share of residency slots filled by U.S. students, 42 percent. Orthopedic surgery paid $436,000, and 94 percent of residency slots were filled by U.S students.

"Primary care is holding steady but only because of international medical school graduates,"
as American students lose interest, teaching hospitals will probably become less interested in offering primary care programs
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