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How many medical students go into primary care?

Forty-five percent of the 2011 graduating class of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA chose residencies in primary-care specialties, a 5 percent increase from the previous year. Nationally, however, the trend is the opposite. "The number of U.S. medical school graduates selecting a career in family medicine, for example, dropped nearly 30 percent from 2002 to 2007," according to Janet Pregler, M.D., director of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center.

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