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AAMC REPORT RAISES ALARM BELLS ON PHYSICIAN SHORTAGE

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The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has issued a report summarizing the most recent research on the supply of physicians in the country. The report analyzes state reports as well as reports on particular specialties and there seems to be no good news anywhere in the physician supply area. The AAMC has traditionally been conservative on the question of the physician shortage, but in recent years has been calling for a substantial increase in medical school slots.

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  1. USC's Avatar
    I don't think the report does a "root cause" analysis. For instance, it acknowledges that there is a shortage of dermatologists, yet a relative of mine was unable to get a residency for that for very speciality. She's a graduate of Tufts Medical School. And her brother a graduate of Duke Medical School was unable to get a residency in opthamology. They ended up getting residencies in Radiology and Orthopedics. Given the shortages and their academic qualifications they should be able to pursue their preferred specialities. I don't think it is in the interest of society to force academically qualified persons to pursue their second choice areas of practice.

    Now, importing Doctor's from abroad is not going to help because in the end they end up competing with US Medical School graduates for the limited number of residencies. If the shortage is to be addressed it is insufficent to increase the number of medical schools without increasing the residency programs. Given the fact that organizations like the AMA are monopolists at heart that will continue to be an uphill battle.

    Of course, monopolies impede innovation. That perhaps explains why most of the medical advances have come from professions allied with medicine (drugs by biochemists working for drug companies, pace-makers from EEs working with the likes of Medtronics, Radiation & Imaging equipment again from EEs working with Varian, GE, Siemens et al and DNA sequencing from IT professionals working with the likes of PE Biosystems, Affymetrix etc) rather than physicians themselves.

    We are fortunate that EEs and Comp Sc folks have not pursued a similar path else we would be living without a lot of technological advancements.

    Perhaps, paskal, a physician might want to comment on the bottle neck being insufficent residency programs.
  2. USC's Avatar
    Greg:

    Update:

    My understanding is that the situatuion with immigration related amendments to HR1585 (DOD) are as follows:

    Durbin will offer SA2237 DREAM Act. However, there is not enough Republican support.

    Cornyn WILL NOT offer his SA2140 (Border Crossing Card),SA2141(International Commuters),SA2142 (limitation on Landowners Liability), SA 2143 after all. Says that they are not germaine.

    It is unfortunate that SA2143 won't be offered because it is what the pros on this board have been looking for; it captures visas from 1996 & 1997 and gives them to Nurses and EB folks; increases H1b for 2007 to 115,000 and lastly and this is HUGE increases the EB quota to 290,000.

  3. 's Avatar
    Louisville, KY featured in the Journal for their warm welcome of immigrants ('internationals' as the mayor prefers to call them)..
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119006454887730236.html?mod=hps_us_inside_today
  4. Middle Ground's Avatar
    "It is unfortunate that SA2143 won't be offered because it is what the pros on this board have been looking for; it captures visas from 1996 & 1997 and gives them to Nurses and EB folks; increases H1b for 2007 to 115,000 and lastly and this is HUGE increases the EB quota to 290,000."

    Only if you want to poison the Dream Act and prevent children from attending college. You don't want to do that do you?
  5. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    USC - On the residency slot side, you are absolutely correct that residency slots need to increase along with medical schools. Otherwise, increasing medical school seats will do nothing to alleviate the physician shortage. There are plans, however, to do just that, I believe.
  6. Matthias Muenzer's Avatar
    The report of the AAMC which is linked above seems to consist of a few lines for each state consisting of the repetition of "Looming shortage in in ". No definition of what "shortage" actually is, no mention if this so called "shortage" has had any effects at all, no mention of the numerous "Minute Clinics" that sprout up everywhere...
    Most interestingly, the states of Lousiana and Oklahoma, the two states with the lowest physician density in the US, do not seem to have any shortage at all. How come?
    In the meantime, as a physician, I have not noticed the crucial sign of a "shortage": Should I not be paid more now that a shortage is here? Are services not paid according to the law of supply and demand? How come the HMOs are continuing to decrease reimbursements left and right? Medicare is threatening to decrease reimbursements by 10% - excuse me? How does that fit?
    Something is fishy here. Somehow I cannot truly believe this so called shortage. Maybe someone is talking up a shortage?
    Gas prices shot up the day after Katrina damaged those oil stations in the Gulf, because "we have a shortage of oil". There is a "shortage of physicians", yet we are paid less?
    Can someone please explain that to me?
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