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The Primary Care Physician, an Endangered Species?

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
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With the aging of our nation's practicing physicians and the recent, steep decline in medical graduates choosing careers in primary care for adults, U.S. patients today are hard pressed to find a primary care doctor. And the already impressive gap between supply and demand of primary care physicians will likely widen once more than 30 million people gain access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The urgent shortage of primary care physicians compounds this country's already significant health care challenges regarding access, delivery, and cost of care. In an era when all of health care is undergoing potentially transformative change, what will be the role of primary care doctors? For patients, what will be the "value added" of having a primary care M.D.? What roles will other primary providers (physician assistants, nurse practitioners) play? Is the primary care physician an endangered species, or a key participant in a newly configured primary care team? How can we devise, model, deploy, and teach new ways of delivering primary care that are team based, interprofessionally collaborative, effective, and satisfying to patients and practitioners alike? In this Medical Center Hour, family doctor and medical journalist Susan Okie draws on her recent Perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine to explore the prospects ahead for the primary care physician. Two of UVA's primary care physicians: one a mid career family medicine physician and teacher, the other a medical student planning a primary care career offer their perspectives as well. Co-presented with the Generalist Scholars Program in observance at UVA of Primary Care Week
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Childress, Marcia Day
Okie, Susan
Reed, Sean W.
Mutter, Justin
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Medical Center Hour
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