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Most internists don't plan to stay in primary care

Fox News / Reuters, December 5, 2012

Less than a quarter of new doctors finishing an internal medicine training program planned to become a primary care physician instead of a specialist, in a new study. That suggests fewer generalists will be entering the workforce, researchers said—possibly exacerbating the primary care doctor shortage in parts of the United States. "I think this was a much needed, long overdue paper, and really kind of eye-opening," said economist and health policy researcher Amitabh Chandra from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.