Medical schools raise alarm over declining interest in family medicine

Medical-school leaders are raising the alarm over their students’ declining interest in providing traditional cradle-to-grave primary care at a moment when the country is desperate for more family doctors.

Senior officials at four Ontario medical schools told a news conference on Tuesday that significant reforms, including raising pay and reducing administrative burdens, are necessary to persuade the physicians of tomorrow to choose family medicine over higher-paid specialties.

“This is urgent,” said Azadeh Moaveni, director of undergraduate medical education in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Toronto. “We need to do something now so that students will pick family medicine as their career of choice.”

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