Plugging the ‘Leaky Pipe’ in Primary Care

Primary care is vital to provide needed care to people of all ages in different urban and rural regions of the country. Even with the important role primary care plays, current research is finding that the United States has a shortage of primary care physicians. Additionally, in the near future, research professionals predict this shortage will become worse. Many schools, like the University of Minnesota Medical School, are working with partnering hospitals and health systems to focus on training, engaging, and educating medical students matched with Primary Care residencies. This residency program design has ranked the University of Minnesota Medical School as fifth in the nation in Primary Care. In this article, to look into how this training has helped residents maintain their interest in pursuing primary care, six graduating residents including Ashley Green, MD, a graduating resident in pediatrics, were interviewed on their experience with this training. She, among the other Residents, discussed their training, education, and the opportunities they gained from the program to help in pursuing their interests and career goals. To read the full article and the comments from all graduating residents, please follow this link.