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Med Schools Boost Enrollment, But Residency Slots Threatened

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2012

Medical schools generate much of the revenues that keep them open through the clinical practices of their faculties, who often provide care to underserved patients. "Not only do we face cuts, but we still are going to be taking care of those patients because no one else in the community is willing to because there is no money it," Mitchell says.

In addition, medical schools could also see a reduction in research funding, as Congress eyes cuts budget cuts at the National Institutes of Health. And cash-strapped states across the country are cutting Medicaid funding, another source of revenue for medical schools.

"We are educating Congress and the administration. We spend a lot of time pointing out the current shortage and how it will be exacerbated over the next several years because many physicians will be retiring," Mitchell says.


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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2 comments on "Med Schools Boost Enrollment, But Residency Slots Threatened"


Karen Sibert MD (5/4/2012 at 11:59 AM)
We could see this coming a mile away, ever since the Balanced Budget Act capped residency support in 1997. Adding medical school positions without residency positions was short-sighted beyond belief. We'll spend more tax dollars training med students (since their tuition doesn't nearly cover the cost) and still not end up with more physicians. What was the AAMC thinking?? And there's still widespread willful ignorance of the fact that the shortage of specialists, such as surgeons, will soon equal the shortage of primary care physicians.

A. J. Rosmarin (5/4/2012 at 10:38 AM)
The absurdity of the proposed cuts to Resdidency Programs can't be downplayed. What good is an increase in Medical School enrollment with a paucity of Residence Slots? Thje nuber of Resident Slots has remained unchanged since 1996. With a sunami of potential new healt-insured about to overwhelm th esystem and an increase in the number of retirees with heightened healthcare needs, there will be limited or no sources for healthcare services. Access will be a thing of the past; long waits will be the norm. Doctor/patient relationships will be reduced to an assembly line mentality. Ptient satisfaction will be non-existant. But our elected officials will be unmoved and unaffected. Shameful, but reality of the Affordable Care Act.