Primary care internal medicine: A challenging career choice for the 1990s

Mack Lipkin, Wendy Levinson, Randol Barker, David Kern, Wylie Burke, John Noble, Steven Wartman, Thomas L. Delbanco

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A career in primary care internal medicine can be challenging and rewarding, yet during the last decade fewer medical students have selected training in internal medicine. We wish to inform medical students, their advisors, and other physicians about the field of primary care internal medicine. We define the discipline, compare it with traditional internal medicine and with family practice, and describe features of strong primary care internal medicine training programs. We discuss common misconceptions and concerns about training programs and the career and give examples of career paths chosen by graduates of primary care programs. We encourage students to consider the option of primary care internal medicine when making career decisions and provide faculty advisors unfamiliar with primary care internal medicine training programs with a reference resource.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-378
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of internal medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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