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    They will be trained in about six years, and not the customary 11 or so to train today’s primary care doctors: two years of college and two years of post-college education, in a special program attached to a medical school. They will get a degree in “general practice” and will be trained in community health centers with a short hospital rotation. 

    The idea is to increase the workforce so that the individual workload will be manageable. No matter how you look at it, it is workload that leads to burnout and dissatisfaction in primary care.

    These new providers will see maybe just eight or ten patients a day and have time to get know them well. Their administrative tasks will be much less.

    Because their training period will be shorter, their education loans will decrease and this reflected in their incomes.

    Large networks of traditionally- trained primary care doctors will probably work as directors in medical homes and hospital-affiliated networks.

    This view of the future of primary care is oversimplified. But most of the primary care services will be delivered by a new type of provider.


    Edward Volpintesta, MD

    Bethel, Connecticut




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