I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art. -Hippocratic Oath While Hippocrates recognized early on that medicine was complicated enough to necessitate specialists, medicine has advanced far beyond what he could have ever predicted.  I practice medicine in a world of specialists who have received training so that they might specialize ...

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I spent my first two years of medical school at the University of Utah frantically cramming for Step 1. My limited exposure to patients was restricted to shadowing only. My actual interactions with them were spotty at best.  Those first two years of medical school didn’t at all reflect what I would go on to love about primary care: building relationships with patients that would span many years. I now teach ...

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