Telegram lauds UMMS for primary care focus

School has long been ‘part of the solution’ in filling physician shortage

By Lisa M. Larson

UMass Medical School Communications

June 05, 2013

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette applauds UMass Medical School in a June 5 editorial, recognizing the critical role UMMS plays in developing primary care physicians as the nation deals with a shortage in the field.

“The University of Massachusetts Medical School has been part of the solution since it opened in Worcester, using tuition incentives and other means to steer medical students into primary care,” the editors wrote. “The school held its graduation Sunday, sending 54 percent of its new MDs into residency programs in internal medicine, family medicine or pediatrics.

“Nationally, only about one-third of doctors practice primary care and, try as they might to get more to choose the generalist path, many medical schools are finding their students increasingly drawn toward the more lucrative specialties.”

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