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College shortens primary-care track | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 4 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Apr 25, 2010, titled College shortens primary-care track | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Health-care reform will give 32million people medical coverage and make a primary-care physician shortage worse.

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Since: Jan 10

Columbus, OH

#1 Apr 25, 2010
Accelerated programs, 3 years/ 12 months a year were used a lot during the middle of WW II, and sporadically since. The process then was for the entire class without regard to what post graduate training would be down the road. This present notion may inadvertently do what was done 50 to 60+ years ago when there was a difference in medical school and osteopathic medical school education and expertise off the graduating physicians. Besides, the pool of fully trained practitioners has already been diluted with the use of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners to take up the slack of MDs that retired early 15 or so years ago for other (liability and HMOs) reasons. Lord knows what the effects of Obamacare will be.

Marion, OH

#2 Apr 25, 2010
Put only the ones that are going for MD through this one, they can handle it. Most of the MD's I have dealt with work very well with the PA's and NP's they work with. Their group focus is on total patient wellness, and treating an infection long enough to actually stop the bug, instead of just to stop the symptoms and let the bugs get resistant.
Jimmy Joe

Nanning, China

#3 Apr 26, 2010
The answer could be found in Podiatry. There are 11,000 pods in the country who are very well trained.

but because of infighting and protecting their turf the AMA has been against it...

But does the AMA really want to let nurses do it instead of another Doctor?

There is no reason todays pod grads aren't given a full scope of practice like a MD, DO. They are already doing THE SAME STUFF in residency as their MD and DO peers.

It's all about protecting their turf though... but it wont don any good when the nurses take primary care away and start working on being surgeons and the like.

Maybe the AMA and specialty boards should do something outside of their own best interest and take in account this shortage and realise it is a real problem.

Otherwise people are going to be stuck not even being treated by a doctor at all... but a nurse instead.

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Apr 30, 2010
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine also offers a three-year pathway for primary care physicians. More information is available at their website:

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