Eric J. Warm, MD; Celine Goetz, MD
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Author Contributions: Conception and design: E.J. Warm, C. Goetz.
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Warm EJ, Goetz C. Too Smart for Primary Care?. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159:709-710. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-10-201311190-00009
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(10):709-710.
During a medical education conference, a prominent specialist asserted that students should not aspire to practice primary care because it does not demand excellence of its trainees. As a primary care physician and a fourth-year medical student, we were shocked by this statement. Together, we approached the speaker after his session to challenge his assertions. He stood firm.
As a medical student at the time, one of us had personally experienced faculty members saying that she was too smart for primary care. Being told you are too smart for anything can be flattering. However, as someone who went to medical school to pursue internal medicine, it was confusing to be dissuaded by respected mentors. The other individual had unfortunately heard the same from many medical students over the years.
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