Lynn Bentson, MD
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Bentson L.; Too Lazy for Primary Care. Ann Intern Med. 2014;160:368. doi: 10.7326/L14-5005-5
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(5):368.
TO THE EDITOR:
I read Kussmaul's essay (1) with great interest. I have been a primary care provider for 23 years and have worked in a hospital 1 week out of 4 for all of them. The job is impossible; the pay is ridiculous; and, by looking at the cars in the gym parking lot, I can see that the specialists aren't working more hours.
Like almost everyone else in primary care, I had family responsibilities that made another 3 to 4 years of fellowship were untenable. Internal medicine, like most of medicine, believes in the brain–uterine shunt. I graduated with honors, and my current Board scores would still make me competitive for a fellowship.
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