Primary Care Advocacy in New Jersey

The Executive Vice President of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, our pal Ray Saputelli (please follow him on twitter), was interviewed yesterday on a bill in the New Jersey state legislature for a program that would reimburse up to $200,000 for Primary Care and Family Medicine physicians' schooling, over four years, for those who stay in the state.

In the interview above from NJ TV Online, Saputelli states that New Jersey is one of the least attractive states for medical students to stay in because of issues like lack of physician payment/reimbursement. Here's a quote from the interview...

I can’t tell you how many times I speak with medical students who are from New Jersey, who tell me that the situation here is just untenable to consider practicing primary care. When you look at what the environment is, both in terms of payment and lifestyle, in almost any other state in the nation, it’s very difficult

Our pal Ray put this on his Facebook page yesterday. Well done, my friend! We need everyone from the Family Medicine community and #FMRevolution out there on television, radio, print, the internet, and everywhere else telling the Family Medicine story!

Finally since this will probably be the last post before the holidays, I just wanted to wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I've been 2014 strategic planning for the website and for my "social media brand," and I'm looking at some big plans next year. It's going to be very exciting. Hope you stay tuned to see what happens!