Competitiveness, Peer Pressure, and Career Choice

Lawrence G. Smith

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To the Editor: Much has been written in recent years about the difficulty of attracting students to internal medicine1. The results of the 1993 National Residency Matching Program again showed a substantial decline in the number of medical students choosing residency training in internal medicine. We are in the midst of a national health care reform that is likely to result in a new health care delivery system that will be largely dependent on primary care physicians2. Where will these physicians come from3,4? As residency and clerkship director, I have had the privilege of discussing career…

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1281-1282
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number17
StatePublished - 21 Oct 1993
Externally publishedYes


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