This fall the new medical school at Connecticut's Quinnipiac University welcomes its first class of incoming students. And the school is apparently focused on turning out a particular kind of doctor. From their web site:
"The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is taking aim at one of the most pressing needs in the nation today--more primary care physicians. Significant demographic changes are projected to drive the demand for primary care providers well beyond the current and anticipated supply."
The news is interesting for a couple of reasons. One, it comes at a time when lots of medical schools don't even have family medicine or primary care departments. Also, it's not just demographic changes that are projected to drive the demand for primary care providers up; it's also the fact that more than 30 million Americans will be eligible for expanded health insurance coverage and needing doctors.
But will it be difficult for medical students to commit to a specialty so early on in their careers?