Doctor Fashion: Inpatient Is In, Outpatient Out

Primary care is attracting fewer and fewer young doctors. The Atlantic writes about the 30,000 missing from our ranks:

It’s no secret that there’s a looming crisis in primary care. Estimates place the shortfall of doctors at 30,000 in the next couple of years. Yet medical schools are flush with applicants. Residency slots are filling at higher rates than ever before as new medical schools have been chartered and class sizes have expanded. So where are all the new doctors?

In a word, the hospital.

Hospital medicine is the fastest growing specialty in American medical history…. the number of doctors practicing as hospitalists has increased 172 percent from 2003 to 2010. There are now more than 30,000 doctors nationwide that are classified as hospitalists:

via The Doctor Is Out: Young Talent Is Turning Away From Primary Care – John Henning Schumann – Health – The Atlantic.

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