Should Internists Leave Primary Care to Family Physicians and Serve as Consultants?

Robert M. Centor, MD; Robert W. Donnell, MD; Désirée Lie, MD, MSE; Robert W. Morrow, MD; Roy M. Poses, MD; Charles P. Vega, MD, FAAFP


September 02, 2010

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The Roundtable Question

A few months ago, Robert Centor, MD, a member of our Internal Medicine board, posted a blog on Medscape that advocated a different role for outpatient internists -- that they serve as consultants for complex cases. We threw this idea out to our primary care roundtable, which consists of members from both our family medicine and internal medicine boards. The result was a lively and occasionally acrimonious discussion, which we think you will find interesting. We also welcome your thoughts in this area.


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