A looming shortage, or the wrong doctors in the wrong places?
Wall Street Journal (subscription required), April 17, 2008
The medical education establishment is gearing up to push for more doctors to be trained in medical schools and residency programs. Since 2000, 18 separate reports "produced or funded by states, medical societies, hospital associations, and research centers have concluded that doctor shortages already exist or soon will in a variety of places and specialties," according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. This edition of The Wall Street Journal health blog asks: Is this trend due not to a lack of doctors but a lack of the right kind of doctors in the right places?