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Shortage of Primary Care Physicians

In the United States, we are now short approximately 9,000 primary care doctors. This shortage is expected to grow to more than 65,000 doctors in the years to come.

According to a new study by the Journal of American Medical Association, a majority of 50,000 physicians in training are planning on becoming sub-specialists.

AMSA is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for primary care physicians and focusing attention on the failure of the health care system to provide equal, high quality health care to all individuals. For example, AMSA is hosting its Primary Care Leadership Institute in January 2013. Over three days, students will take part in interactive sessions, speakers, and an integrative experience at a clinic in Washington D.C. that will prepare them to become the future leaders in primary care. The deadline for this has passed but there are plenty of other ways to get involved. Check out some of our resources online:

Healthcare Reform & Primary Care
Professional Development in Primary Care
AMSA's Primary Care Interest Group

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