NYCOM: Supplying The Growing Demand for Family Pratitioners

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NYIT’s medical school, NYCOM, has recently been given 2 million dollars by the federal government for several programs, among which one that helps out medical students and helps to combat the deficit in primary care physicians. The grant allows medical students to finish medical school in 3 years instead of the regular 4 years, helping the medical students with tuition costs and also helping to increase the number of family practitioners in the current deficit. The program, called the “Accelerated D.O./Family Practice Residency Continuum” is a program that allows NYCOM to provide New York State with more family practitioners in a shorter period of time.
It is predicted that the current state of healthcare will lead to a greater deficit in the number of doctors in the country, especially family practitioners. According to a recent article in The Los Angeles Times, “Primary-care doctors take care of the young, the old and the in-between; the sick, the well and the dying.” NYCOM is therefore pioneering a program that help’s such physicians get into practicing medicine faster. According to Dr. William Blazey, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at NYCOM, “NYCOM developed this program to attempt to address the problem of a shortage of primary care physicians, especially in Family Medicine. Only 4 other medical schools in North America have accelerated programs, and NYCOM’s program is the only one to specifically address increasing the number of Family Medicine doctors in underserved communities of New York State.”
Students benefit from the program too. Students, according to Dr. Blazey, will benefit because of the decreased time, not having to pay tuition for their fourth year, and getting more time to develop actual clinical skills. Dr. Blazey says he would “recommend this program to the student that comes to NYCOM with the goal of becoming an excellent osteopathic family physician. It is going to be an intense program, but the skills and lessons learned will be amazing. The experience will create the next generation of dedicated physicians for our many underserved communities in New York.”
Those students interested in the program are supposed to apply in the first year of medical school. Once in the program, Dr. Blazey emphasizes that “strict academic standards must be met. Students must be in the top 50% of their class during 1st year of medical school. There are also minimum scores for undergraduate GPA and MCAT scores as well.”
Students like Chanakya Bavishi, a sophomore B.S. /D.O. student thinks that the program “sounds like a good decision since there’s a huge demand for primary care physicians. These students [the students in the program] will have less debt and the demand for physicians will be filled more quickly. It’s a win-win situation.” When asked if medical students would be interested in such a program, he says, “It depends on the individual’s reasons for going to medical school. Those who feel a sense of duty and don’t want to specialize… will do it. But the people, who want to make more money, will not. I’m somewhere in the middle.”
In retrospect, students thinking about a career in medicine should probably decide what they want to do soon, because as soon as they go to medical school, they might have to make the decision if they want to specialize or be primary care physicians. NYCOM’s new program seems to be allowing students to get the benefits of a shorter time in medical school and also helping cover the growing deficit of primary care physicians.

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NYCOM: Supplying The Growing Demand for Family Pratitioners