Report: Focus physician training to meet biggest needs

10/24/2013 | AAFP News Now

Efforts to increase the primary care workforce should focus on training physicians who will practice in areas with the greatest need, according to a report in the journal American Family Physician by AAFP's Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care. The report noted the physician-to-target population ratio for general pediatricians has increased faster than that for family physicians or internists, even though the U.S. birth rate is declining. What is really needed, according to the Graham Center, are more family physicians, who are the most likely to stay in primary care and practice in underserved areas.

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