The uncertainty surrounding primary care is arguably the highest it has ever been. Many medical students entering their third-year clerkships have preformed conclusions about primary care. At the face of a federal health care overhaul, declining reimbursements, and a workforce shortage estimated to reach 21,000 by 2015, for some medical students the future of primary care seems unpredictable. A third-year experience in family medicine and ambulatory medicine can be an imperative influence in the career path of a medical student.
Third-year students at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (WSU-BSOM) complete a 6-week family medicine rotation where they spend time with preceptors in a variety of settings, including private offices, indigent clinics, academic settings, and more. During my clerkship, I had the honor of working with Dr Joseph Allen, a recipient of the AAFP Foundation’s 2012 Pfizer Teacher Development award.