• Medical Residents Aren’t Choosing General Internal Medicine

The U.S. population is aging, cases of chronic diseases are on the rise and the need for primary care physicians is increasing. However, a recent Mayo Clinc study discovered a low percentage of medical residents are planning to practice general internal medicine. The findings are published this week in JAMA.

“This study of a large national sample of internal medicine residents confirms that general medicine remains a less common career plan overall than subspecialty medicine. Combined with the fact that only a small minority of medical students express interest in general medicine and primary care careers, the small number of internal medicine residents reporting plans for generalist careers means a very limited number of generalists can be expected to enter practice each year.” (JAMA. 2012;308[21]:2241-2247. )   JAMA News Release

Sound bites with study author Colin West, M.D., Ph.D., are in the downloads above

Expert title for broadcast cg: Dr. Colin West, Mayo Clinic General Internal Medicine

To interview Dr. West contact:
Alyson Fleming
507-284-5005
newsbureau@mayo.edu

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