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May 1, 2008

Ophthalmology and Primary Care: Partners in Peril?

Arch Ophthalmol. 2008;126(5):727-728. doi:10.1001/archopht.126.5.727

In some ways, ophthalmology and primary care may be considered strange bedfellows. Twenty years ago, ophthalmology was at the pinnacle of subspecialties as measured by competition for residency slots and the median income of practitioners. Primary care, in contrast, has long struggled for a place at the academic medicine table, often losing out in the competition for US medical graduates to higher-paying specialties. From those disparate histories, imagine practitioners of both disciplines waking up together in a world where each faces quite similar challenges in retaining patients, in being compensated for excellent care, and in attracting the best of America's medical trainees.