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Enhancing the value of family medicine, a necessity

Family medicine is going through hard times. Rejected by students in the last two years, 21 and 23% of residency positions were not filled in Quebec in 2006 and 2007 respectively. What’s more, some of ours are now heading to other provinces to complete their training. And this is just the tip of the
iceberg. Family medicine has been in free fall for close to 15 years and there are many reasons for this. The situation is continuing to deteriorate. Family physicians are feeling increasingly isolated in their offices. The breaking of links with hospitals led to difficulty in accessing consultants, diagnostic
testing, as well as required information. For substantially higher pay and a more prestigious role, specialization seems

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