Stop training internists.
I am surprised that we internists cannot accept what the practice of internal medicine has become. It probably was a meaningful specialty 35 years ago, when internists were supposed to sort out the difficult cases and manage them, but it is a different story now.
Fellow internists, please wake up. You are now primary care physicians similar to family physicians, but with a lower potential of establishing a large practice. You do not see children. You are not really trained for minor surgery. Your capitation fee is on the same plane as family practice and you are not perceived as a specialist.
Please do not torture new internists with prolonged training. All internal medicine training should be stopped and incorporated into specialty training. The sooner we realize that internal medicine is not a specialty in this era of managed care, the better off we will all be.
Ratnakar S. Shetty, M.D.
New Brighton, Pa.
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|Author:||Shetty, Ratnakar S.|
|Publication:||Internal Medicine News|
|Article Type:||Letter to the Editor|
|Date:||Aug 15, 2003|
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