NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – The federal government this week awarded $9.1 million to medical students in 30 states and the District of Columbia. The recipients will serve as primary care doctors. As CBS News correspondent Whit Johnson reports, fewer and fewer medical students can afford to become family doctors at a time of growing need.
With a looming shortage of family doctors, medical students like Sade Olowudeadeyi are in high demand. “It’s very gratifying, I have to say,” she said.
In her fourth year at Howard University’s medical school, Olowudeadeyi said that she’s committed to becoming a primary care physician. “I really love the fact that with primary care, your focus is on the whole patient.” she said. But she’s among only one in five medical students opting for primary over specialty care — students critical for the success of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
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