In the recent Q&A with American Medical Association CEO Dr. James Madara, Madara says medical schools and residency programs need to evolve to ensure physicians are more responsive to such things as team care, finances, consumerism and technological innovation.
The AMA’s efforts to change medical education for the 21st century are sorely needed. Physicians can be part of major reform only if they are fully aware of the crisis in our healthcare system. Present care and medical education emphasize specialty practice with too little recognition of the necessity of placing primary-care physicians at the center of longitudinal care for the public.
Primary-care physicians do not receive the professional standing they deserve nor the income that will encourage them, especially with the high cost of medical education.
Some illustrious medical schools have no department of family medicine; all med schools need to re-emphasize primary care.
I look forward to hearing more about the AMA program.
Dr. Robert Scott
Emeritus professor of internal medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine