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Morning Medical Update: Summer health checklist; Do you still need your COVID-19 vaccine card?; Five unfulfilled medical fields


The top news stories in primary care today.

Summer health checklist

Summertime means reevaluating health goals for many Americans. One of the best ways to get started is by scheduling a check-up with your primary care provider. Spring cleaning applies to medications too. Experts advise going through your closets to look for expiration dates.

Do you still need your COVID-19 vaccine card?

Vaccine cards were once a large part of many Americans lives. Even though they are rarely required now, a representative from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised, "the COVID-19 Vaccination Card is similar to your personal vaccination record and should be kept to ensure proof of vaccination for future health care related decisions between you and your provider.”

Five unfulfilled medical fields

The 2023 Main Residency Match data shows that despite breaking records, there were still 577 unfilled positions in Family Medicine. One of the main contributors could be salary. The average Family Medicine physician makes around $273,040 where the average radiologist makes over $500,000. Other specialties that had large vacancies were Emergency Medicine (554), Surgery-Preliminary (551), Internal Medicine (380), Pediatrics (86).

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