School of Medicine founding dean calls for the restoration of primary-care prestige in an op-ed published in Livescience

koeppenDr. Bruce M. Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, explored the shortage of primary-care providers and what could and should be done to reverse the national trend trend in an op-ed published in Livescience.

“The reasons for students’ decisions vary, and include perceptions that primary-care medicine is less prestigious than subspecialty medicine, that the knowledge base to be mastered is too broad, that the lifestyle (being on call) is too demanding and that the work-patient interactions are not interesting. Earnings potential may be a factor for some, but for the majority of students, I believe the other factors are more important,” Koeppen wrote. “If we are to reverse the trend of fewer medical students choosing careers in primary care, we must address the aforementioned perceptions and change the environment in which primary-care physicians are trained.”

Please click here to read the full op-ed.

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