Addressing the Shortage of Primary Care Physicians: Outcomes from Two Programs at the UC San Diego School of Medicine
methods: PRIME-HEq and CAP students were tracked after graduation to determine whether or not they chose a primary care specialty, and whether or not they chose to work in a Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/P) or a Health Professions Shortage Area (HPSA). As of 2014 29 CAP students and 29 PRIME-HEq have graduated.
results: Seventy-two percent of CAP and 66% of PRIME-HEq students choose a primary care specialty compared to the national average of 36%. Fifty-five percent of CAP students work in an underserved area compared to the national average of 21%.
conclusion: Outcomes from the CAP and PRIME-HEq programs strongly demonstrate that supporting medical students that have demonstrated a commitment to community service and desire to address health disparities can lead to a higher percentage of physicians choosing to work in underserved areas.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Describe the components of two successful programs that have increased the number of physicians in primary care specialties, and the number of physicians working in under-served areas.
Keyword(s): Primary Care, Underserved Populations
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working as the Data Coordinator for the Health Career Opportunities Program at the Center for Community Health for 3 years. I received my Bachelorâs in Science from UC San Diego, and am currently working on my Masterâs in Public Health in Epidemiology and Bio-statistics from San Diego State University.
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