Recently, I heard someone say we have a severe shortage of primary care physicians in Arizona, in the context of noting 46% of our medical school class is to enter a primary care residency. The implication is that there are not enough students being directed to primary care.
The conventional wisdom has been to provide more physicians, but in this instance, that may not be the correct approach. Will Rogers said, “It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.” The hole we have dug in this country is one which requires extraordinary thinking to fill. Hopefully in this case it will include a consideration of methods and personnel.
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