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Physician Shortage to Quadruple Within Decade, AAMC Says

Christopher Cheney, for HealthLeaders Media, January 4, 2011

3. More effective use of healthcare providers to include advance practice nurses and physician assistants and team-based approaches, such as the medical home model.

"We're going to have to figure out how to be more efficient in the way we deliver care, how to use other healthcare professionals to the top of their licensed skill sets, and also figure out how to get more physicians out there into communities by training more," Grover says.

Even with 91,500 too few physicians in the forecast, there's still time to meet the growing need for medical care, according to Grover.

"You have to remember it takes about seven years to train a physician. What we're talking about is in the next year or two, we really need to start expanding those residency training programs to take in those larger medical school classes," Grover says. "It has to start in the next year or two."

See also:

Agencies warn of coming physician shortage

States take on strategies to address primary care physician shortage


Christopher Cheney is health plans editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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5 comments on "Physician Shortage to Quadruple Within Decade, AAMC Says"


Carlos Ming (6/25/2011 at 12:42 PM)
You know who is pushing this "physician shortage" comic book story over and over again? Hospitals and insurance companies. THERE IS NO SHORTAGE. The golden dream of health care corporations is for there to be an OVERPOPULATION of physicians. This menas more competetion and LESS REIMBURSEMENT, so these gargoyles can have even more profit. Take a look at countries like spain, or argentina in which primary care phsyicians make even less money than people who didn't even finish a college education.

Layton Lang (5/11/2011 at 4:09 PM)
There is no physician shortage!!!! The figures are false. The problem is that we have plenty of working physicians; they are not geographically distributed correctly. The report fails to take into account all of the foreign trained physicians coming into the country. Lastly, the article assumes we are all going to practice medicine the same as we have been doing for 40 years. As we know, due to the glut of physician labor, patients receive more care than they actually need because of the competition for business.

Terry Brown, D.O. (1/20/2011 at 11:46 AM)
Did this include D.O.s as well as MDs. Anybody know? D.O.s of course have all the same specialties as MDs.