Too many specialists

  • Medical training should be tuned to public need
- The Straits Times

Oct 13, 2017-The review announced recently of the way doctors are being trained in Singapore reflects the critical need to ensure this matches public health requirements. America, for instance, is said to have too |many specialists and too few primary care doctors. When too many of the former are involved in a case, the result often is “waste, disorganisation and overload”, as an American expert noted. When each specialist focuses on a particular organ, tests might be ordered for specific investigations. But, as Duke University professor emeritus Allen Frances asked, who is considering “the whole patient to organise a global, integrated, safe and effective treatment plan”? The Health Ministry is right, therefore, to urge more doctors to work in more general fields. Yet, of course, specialists are necessary because no generalist can hope to acquire mastery over the treatment of the entire spectrum of organs.

Published: 13-10-2017 07:49

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