The Path to Primary Care: Who Will Be The Next Generation of Frontline Doctors?

The Norman Rockwell ideal of a grandfatherly doctor making housecalls is long gone. It’s been replaced with busy group practices that usher through patients in 15-minute increments. But even that model is struggling. There simply aren’t enough primary care doctors, period. In this year-long reporting project, we follow a group of Western Massachusetts residents as they weigh their career options and decide whether to enter this fraught field.