Is this a joke? A medical school that has no department of family medicine or even a division has been given a $30 million dollar anonymous gift to enhance primary care. This to a medical school that routinely sends less than 2% of its graduates into family medicine?
This gift started when Harvard cut funding for primary care support a year or two ago. Kudos to the committed group of Harvardites who fought for primary care to be better represented, which lead to the ultimate prize of the generous donation.
I have a small suggestion for how some of that money should be spent. Whoever becomes the head of this thing needs to invest a pittance of the $30 million to visit some of the outstanding family medicine residencies that still train full-service family physicians. No reason to reinvent the wheel.
Given Harvard’s reputation, I wonder if they spend $30+ million and 10 years to figure out that the reason there is a massive primary care shortage and few medical students want to enter the field is because family physicians aren’t paid for the work they do, will the political/corporate class finally listen?