A group of AAFP members from the mid-Atlantic area told Rep. Jim McDermott, M.D., D-Wash., that solving the nation's physician shortage problem means finding ways to deal with high medical school debt, which discourages students from pursuing careers in primary care. McDermott, who has sponsored a bill to create a state-based scholarship program for primary care medical students, said school debt is the worst part of medicine and encouraged AAFP members to develop contacts with elected officials and talk to them about challenges facing family physicians.

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