Local Clinic Works to Draw More Family Physicans

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Over the past decade, family medicine has seen a sharp decline in the number of new physicians nationwide.

That’s why the Crusader Clinic in Rockford is teaming up with the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians in an attempt to try and entice more medical students to choose family medicine.

A handful of students have been selected for an externship program that offers them real world experience in both clinical and non-clinical areas of family medicine. Students shadow a doctor for four weeks and talk with patients.

The program also puts them ahead of their classmates and helps them in determining if family medicine is for them. Students often overlook family medicine for medical careers that offer more money and prestige.