Telegram reports on primary care focus at UMMS

By Lisa M. Larson

UMass Medical School Communications

May 20, 2013

UMass Medical School’s commitment to increasing the ranks of primary care physicians amid a national shortage in the field is highlighted in a May 19 Worcester Telegram and Gazette story.

Chancellor Michael F. Collins, Ron Adler, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, and Elise M. Bognanno, fourth-year medical student, are quoted on how the school encourages students to choose a career in family medicine, pediatrics or internal medicine. Dr. Adler said the school has first- and second-year students shadow primary care physicians and also assigns students mentors, many of whom are primary care specialists.

Bognanno said shadowing a primary care physician during her first year at UMMS helped her realize she wanted to go into the field.

"When students get into the office and they see the relationships we have with patients, they really like that,” Adler said.

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