February 2013 | Volume 96 | Issue 2

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Table of Contents

 

ON THE COVER

The hunt for new recruits
Employers are working harder to get and keep primary care physicians.
BY TROUT LOWEN


FEATURES

Keeping emergencies at bay
Community paramedics meet unmet needs.
BY JEANNE METTNER

Why one got in and one got out
The stories of two physicians’ primary care careers.
BY SUZY FRISCH AND CARMEN PEOTA

The graduate glut 
Why it’s getting harder for international medical school graduates willing to take primary care jobs
to get into residency.
BY KIM KISER

Primary care: why they love it
Physicians and medical students on what they
love about their specialties.


CLINICAL AND HEALTH AFFAIRS

Primary Care is at the Heart of Health Reform in Minnesota
BY MARK SCHOENBAUM, M.S.W., AND EDWARD VAN CLEAVE, PH.D.

2012 American College of Physicians Minnesota Poster Competition Winners


DEPARTMENTS

Editor's Note

Letters

Pulse
Inner city insights, the earnings gap, why we go to the doctor

The Physician Advocate
The MMA's monthly report on policy, people and politics
MMA task force addresses opioid abuse, Roadmap to health unveiled, why we need collaborative care, news briefs and more.


COMMENTARY

The physician as captain
The way to reform health care is through physician-led, patient-centered teams.
BY JULIE ANDERSON, M.D., FAAFP

Restrictive covenants—unnecessary harm
Minnesota needs to ban noncompetes in physician employment agreements.
BY GORDON J. APPLE, J.D., AND KIMBERLY WERNSING, M.D.

The case for investing in diversity
Why we should continue funding two programs aimed at encouraging individuals from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds to go into medicine.
BY LEONID SKORIN, JR., D.O., O.D., M.S.


END NOTE

A handgun in the home
Is the protection afforded worth the risk?
BY HARRISON H. FARLEY, M.D.