More funding needed for primary care training, FP testifies

04/29/2013 | AAFP News Now

Increased investment in primary care training, including programs at community health centers, could ease the U.S. shortage of family physicians, according to testimony at a Senate subcommittee hearing by family physician George Rust, M.D. Rust, who is co-director of the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, urged lawmakers to put less emphasis on graduate medical education in hospital-based subspecialty programs and instead focus on community-based outpatient residencies to train physicians to keep people healthy and out of the hospital.

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