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From the Editor
Wanted: Primary care physicians
Usually in this space, you'd find the "Dean's Perspective" by Howard Part, M.D., dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine. But in this issue you'll find him in the "Second Opinion" column on page 16, where he reflects on why he chose a career in primary care. It took a little arm-twisting to convince Dr. Part to share his story with us, but I think you'll find his reminiscences on his father's 40 years as a physician in Harlem insightful.
Life experiences often guide a physician's career choice, just as they did for the dean. Cynthia Olsen, M.D., was also influenced in her career path by her father, a teacher and researcher in virology and immunology who developed the first feline leukemia vaccine. But after five years of lab work as an undergrad, Dr. Olsen decided research was too isolating and enrolled in medical school at Wright State. You can read more about her career as a small-town doctor and Boonshoft School of Medicine faculty member on page 18.
During the ongoing national debate about health care reform, the need for primary care physicians has played a central role in discussions on improving care while lowering costs. To learn why the number of new primary care physicians continues its precipitous decline just when the need has never been greater, read our in-depth report "Wanted: Primary care physicians" on page 8.
As always, we'd love to hear what you think about this story or any of the other articles featured in Vital Signs. Send us your comments, suggestions, or story ideas. We want to hear from you.
- What's Inside
- Transplant center brings gift of life to Dayton patients
- High-tech hope for better global health
- Medicine and its Muses
- Earl H. Morris Endowed Lecture
- Wanted: Primary Care Physicians
- 40 years in the trenches: What my father taught me about medicine
- Everything old is new again: Cynthia Olsen leads the charge to sustain tradition, spur innovation
- Learning from Katrina
- 1000 Words
- Telemedicine for the rest of us: Justin Fox proves the power of low-tech, low-budget solutions
- Study identifies the truth behind a misleading medical crisis
- Tomorrow's scientists working on campus today
- New collaboration to advance biomedical research
- Lifespan Health Research Center takes the long view
- Orange is the new pink
- Second-year students visit Sweden to serve, learn
- Taking global health education on the road
- Radio Rounds hits the big-time
- On the Move
- Reunion Weekend 2009
- Save the date: Reunion Weekend 2010
- Academy of Medicine Distinguished Guest Lecture and Awards Dinner
- Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2010
- Using power responsibly: Jill Waibel on lasers, fame, and new hope for patients in need
- A tradition of innovation: Mark Anstadt builds on a family legacy while breaking new ground
- Alumni Notes
- Inspired to serve those most in need
- At home in White Hall
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