12 Nov Susan Lynch: Fill a gap in health care with nurse practitioners
Re: “Florida needs more primary care physicians“ (My View, Nov. 4).
In his My View, Dr. Neal Dunn focused on primary care physician shortages. Dunn makes valid points that Florida is facing a real shortage of primary care providers.
The proposals he advocates for — loan forgiveness, increasing primary care practice residency slots and increasing the number of medical schools in our state — are also of vital importance.
Unfortunately, medical school graduates are not choosing primary care as a specialty. Year after year, primary care residency slots go unfilled, not just here in Florida but across our country. This has the Association of American Medical Colleges predicting a shortfall of 45,000 primary care physicians and 40,000 medical specialists and surgeons by 2020.