October 2013

October 25, 2013

Our nation is facing a crisis in healthcare. As the baby boom generation ages, as more Americans become insured, and as the national population expands, the country will need more doctors to provide the high quality and low cost healthcare that we all deserve. In fact, the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that the U.S. will have a shortage of 130,600 physicians by 2025, and the need is even more acute with primary care physicians.  Without expansion of Graduate Medical Education programs and redistribution of the proportions of specialists and primary care doctors trained in those programs, many Americans will be unable to afford high quality healthcare.

Graduate Medical Education (GME) is the period, after four years of medical school, required for supervised development of the necessary skills, experience, knowledge, and attitude that allows a resident MD to mature into an independent and effective clinician. Programs are most often organized as part...