Residency slots, recruitment drive primary care efforts

Medical schools are using financial incentives and better student selection policies to increase the number of primary care physicians, but experts say efforts will succeed only if there also is a corresponding hike in the number of medical residency slots available. Russell Phillips, director of Harvard's Center for Primary Care, said the U.S. also needs to adopt a health care model that encourages students to view primary care as a way to create a more effective health system.

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