Support your local primary care physician

Deep Shah, , MSc

Deep Shah, MD, MSc

Deep Shah, MD, MSc discusses the importance of fostering “a more primary care-centric, physician-friendly environment” in his recent Global Health News article, “Support your local quarterback – the primary care physician.”

“A good PCP (primary care physician) is the quarterback of the medical team,” Shah says. “He leads a team of doctors and health professionals to care for individual patients and an entire population.” However, Shah says that primary care physicians often do not get the respect of other health care providers. Currently, only 19 percent of resident graduates choose to practice primary care medicine, down from 54 percent in 1998. Shah notes that this will cause major physician shortages, particularly in rural areas. Read full article.

Shah is a third-year Emory University School of Medicine resident who will practice primary care medicine in Gwinnett County.

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Emory Department of Medicine
Emory Department of Medicine

The Emory University Department of Medicine, within the Emory University School of Medicine, is steeped in a rich tradition of excellence. Through the work of its nine divisions and numerous centers and institutes, the department has pioneered discoveries in medicine, education, scientific and clinical investigation, and clinical care. Emory University School of Medicine’s medical school, residency, transitional-year, and fellowship programs offer students the latest knowledge in treatment practices, scientific theories, research, and patient care.

The Emory University Department of Medicine is a component of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University, which includes the Emory schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare.