Study: Too few doctors choose primary care in underserved areas

06/27/2013 | AAFP News Now

Survey data from almost 9,000 new doctors show not enough of them are choosing to practice in rural and underserved areas, researchers from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care and George Washington University reported in Academic Medicine. Researcher Candice Chen, M.D., said the problem stems from how graduate medical education is funded because hospitals getting GME money address their own needs rather than focusing on primary care.

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