Saturday, October 20, 2007

More on the doctor shortage

I recently wrote about the growing shortage of physicians.

Dr. David Duggan of SUNY Upstate Medical University has brought to my attention documentation about the physician workforce shortage at the website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). From the website:
Given the extended time required to increase U.S. medical school capacity, and to educate and train physicians, the nation must begin now to increase medical school and GME [Graduate Medical Education] capacity to meet the needs of the nation in 2015 and beyond.
The AAMC website includes Recent Studies and Reports on Physician Shortages in the U.S., a 10-page paper that identifies studies across the nation that document the physician shortage – from Arizona (“Still far below the national average”) to Wisconsin (“Who will care for our patients?”).

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