Demand Rising for Primary Care Residency Programs
This year, residency programs in family medicine attracted 1,317 U.S. medical students, 133 more than in 2010. Roland Goertz, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, said the federal health reform law might have helped fuel the increased demand. The reform law includes provisions designed to encourage medical students to pursue primary care, such as loan forgiveness and higher payments for primary care doctors who serve Medicaid beneficiaries.
- "Med Students Rush to Primary Care Programs" (Kavilanz, CNN Money, 3/23).