Listen to this two-part episode for conversations about two different approaches to transform primary care with the same fundamental goal: improving the lives of patients.
As a general rule, primary care physicians like people. This is true long before they start medical school and it continues to blossom during training. Ask these doctors, as I have during in-depth interviews, and they will tell you that certain types of individuals are drawn to primary care careers.
My third year of medical school cemented the passion for primary care I developed as a volunteer in a clinic for undocumented immigrants in San Francisco. Relationship building, continuity of care, and seeing the impact a primary care physician can have on a patient’s health all ignited my passion more than any angioplasty or neurosurgery ever could. But one question continued to nag me as I filled in the bubbles of my electronic residency application form and formulated my personal statement: family medicine or internal medicine?
I was cautioned that some programs were primary care tracks in name only and might have just one or two features that distinguish them from categorical programs. However, nearly all of the primary care tracks I saw appeared to offer exceptional training to prepare future physicians to not only adapt to, but also innovate in, our evolving healthcare system.
Match Day is one of the most important days in a medical student’s life. It’s when students learn which residency program they “matched” into and whether the match will lead them to a clinic down the street or a hospital across the country. But the road to Match Day is often paved with tough decisions. Here, Anoop Raman, who will be starting NYPH-Columbia Family Medicine Residency in July, tells us how he chose between family medicine and internal medicine-primary care.