Richard L. Neubauer, MD
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Neubauer R.; Saving (Internal) Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 2006;144:702. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-144-9-200605020-00023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(9):702.
TO THE EDITOR:
We should not be surprised by the observation that the exodus from careers in general internal medicine may be more rapid than previously recognized (1, 2), and this should be a warning to those interested in the health and welfare of the United States. To me, a practicing generalist, these observations validate what seems apparent in the day-to-day practice of medicine: Physicians and trainees are speaking with their feet by fleeing generalist careers. Ironically, this is occurring at the very time when our country needs more generalists to coordinate the care of the growing elderly population with complex health care needs.
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