Center For Values Discussion Forum: The Value of Primary Care

Center for Values

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: McDermott Suite
Admission: free
Season: 2012-13

The Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology presents a discussion forum entitled "The Value of Primary Care"

In her New York Times compelling column Overtreatment Is Taking a Harmful Toll, Tara Parker-Pope recounts stories of NYC readers who experienced "(…) being caught in a unending maze of testing and specialists who seem to forget the patient's original complaint". It seems that the situation Parker-Pope describes has at least two facets: one being the problem of overtreatment, and the other—the problem of focused training and specialization in the medical field.

Indeed, there's a noticeable tendency in the medical field to become a specialist. As a result, medical schools increase the number of programs that would meet that demand, while at the same time they cut programs in primary care, such as pediatrics and family care. The consequence are that those few who choose to be family doctors and pediatricians are often undertrained, and instead of being able to take the time to really know their patients and treat relatively ordinary conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, they refer their patients to specialists. Is this a vicious circle?

Please join our moderator, Dr. Robert Kramer, pediatrician, and other local experts in the medical field for a discussion and Q & A on the value of primary care.

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For more information contact:
Magdalena Grohman
[email protected]

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