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Monday, May 30, 2016

Shortage of primary-care physicians in the United States

A few weeks back, I spent a morning doing rounds with a group of pediatric residents in the postpartum unit at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. The photos were for a story in the Desert News looking at the shortage of primary-care physicians – which include family doctors, general internists and pediatricians – in the United States. The supply of primary-care physicians is so low the average wait time for an appointment is nearly two months.

Gerold Butler, Ninah Clegg, Evan Catteron

Ninah Clegg, a third-year medical student from Marian University, consults Dr. Gerold Butler, a pediatric hospitalist, as she examines Evan Catterton, a 16-day-old newborn from Brown County, Ind., on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. (James Brosher / For the Deseret News)

Ryan Taylor

Dr. Ryan Taylor, a first-year resident from Chicago, listens to Dr. Gerold Butler, not pictured, a pediatric hospitalist, as they speak with a patient during rounds on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. (James Brosher / For the Deseret News)

Ryan Taylor, Anthony Zabel

Doctors Ryan Taylor, left, and Anthony Zabel laugh as they do hospital rounds on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. Taylor and Zabel are both pediatric residents at the hospital. (James Brosher / For the Deseret News)

Ryan Taylor, Gerold Butler

Dr. Ryan Taylor, left, a first-year resident from Chicago, watches as Dr. Gerold Butler, a pediatric hospitalist, holds Melody Davis, a newborn girl, during hospital rounds in the postpartum unit on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. (James Brosher / For the Deseret News)

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