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Big Demand For Primary Care Physicians in Rochester

There's a big demand for primary care doctors in the area, only one in five graduating medical residents go into primary care.
It wasn't a tough decision for Chief Resident Robbyn Upham.
She knew she wanted to be a primary care physician.
But unlike Robbyn, a majority of medical students choose a specialty.
Doctors say the lower pay for primary care doctors drives them away.
On top of the low recruitment, older primary care physicians are beginning to retire.
What's more the population of patients is growing older.
Elderly people have more healthcare needs and problems.
And the Affordable Care Act means more insured patients.
In short term, there may not be enough primary care doctors to treat them.
But Obamacare could help.
The department of family medicine is hoping to lesson the doctor shortage by changing their practive into whats called a patient center medical home.
Dr. Thomas Campbell with URMC says it's appealing to potential primary care doctors.
It takes away some of the administrative burden that is currently on primary care physicians for filling out forms, getting prior approvals, spending too much time looking at the computer rather than talking with patients.
And that interaction with patients is something primary care doctors say is most rewarding.

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