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Family Medicine or Internal Medicine: How One Student Chose

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.

Direct Primary Care: Access Healthcare Payment Innovation

Brian Forrest didn’t want to practice family medicine in a system where receptionists ask, “Who’s your insurance provider?” before asking, “Why do you need to see the doctor?” But instead of leaving the system, he changed it, and the result is a cash-only, no-insurance practice that earns more and charges far less than the traditional model.

Storytelling in Healthcare for Social Change

Whether by faculty or peers who openly express disappointment in their choice to pursue primary care or by curricula that seem designed to steer trainees into subspecialties, nearly all summit participants had a story to tell about being shamed for their interest in the field. Nearly all felt marginalized.