New Harvard Medical Center Works to Attract Student Physicians

By Catherine Groux
Posted March 30, 2012 03:00 PM

Harvard recently opened a new medical center to attract new physicians.
Harvard recently opened a new medical center to attract new physicians.
As the baby boomer generation ages, they will require additional medical care, creating a need for more healthcare professionals like medical doctors (MDs). According to the Wall Street Journal, experts estimate that by 2025, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 physicians.

To prevent such a shortfall of these vital healthcare professionals, schools across the country are working to prepare more students to become doctors. Recently, Massachusetts' Harvard Medical School used a $30 million donation to build a new center that it hopes will make the field more appealing to students, The Boston Globe reports.

One of the center's first goals will be to redesign primary care by creating a new training program for residents. The center's Academic Innovations Collaborative initiative will provide more than $10 million over two years to help Harvard teaching hospitals redesign their curricula so residents will train in small teams, rather than alone.

Currently, Russell S. Phillips, director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, said many medical residents do not want to pursue a career in primary care because it is too solitary. However, the new program will allow them to work closely with other professionals and students, hopefully making the field more attractive.

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