News, Academic Medicine: Advice on all sides for Medical Types
May 26, 2008
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“The work that it takes to get to easy… that tells it all“.
Quote: Danica Patrick, one of three female drivers racing in the Indy 500 in Indianapolis on Sunday, May 25, 2008, spoken during an interview shown on NBC Evening News (May 23 2008 )
Perhaps a similar analogy could be drawn for getting through four years of medical school, completing a residency and then choosing where, when and how to work as a physician if you agree with what reporter Jacob Goldstein wrote on the Wall Street Journal Health Blog: Advice to Young Doctors: Negotiate Everything (WSJ Health Blog – May 23 2008).
Then consider the varied messages from a National Public Radio broadcast recently broadcast in Connecticut entitled “The Doctor Can’t See You Now“, a 3-part documentary series on the effects of the shortage of primary care physicians at a moment in time when a large part of the American population is aging. Listening to the interviews of these doctors (note: some are faculty at UConn Health Center) is where I first heard the term: the Hamsterization of Medicine (as in: see twenty patients a day, at 15 minutes each, in order to break-even).
This May 2008 series is a part of WNPR’s Health Reporting Initiative which was produced by Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network and WBUR Boston with support from The Connecticut Health Foundation.
Finally, physician Lisa Sanders weighs in with a column published Apr 18 2008 in The New York Times, entitled “The End of Primary Care“.