As we know, there's been a lot of hand-wringing lately about the expected increase demand for primary care services and the assumption that there won't be enough doctors to meet it. Well, there was some good news last month. For the second consecutive year, medical school seniors opted to train in primary care.
The number of seniors matched to family medicine programs rose 11 percent over 2010, according to the National Resident Matching Program. Two other primary care specialties were also highly popular: pediatrics and internal medicine. While a positive trend, the relatively modest increases will barely dent the primary care physician shortage, which the Association of American Medical Colleges pegs at 63,000.
Read the National Resident Matching Program's press release here.