It is a great time to become a physician in the U.S. There is a growing need for doctors of all kinds, so if you invest in medical school, chances are, you will find a job. By the end of this decade, it's projected that the country will be short 90,000 physicians. One reason: The medical education system we have today was actually originally designed to make it harder for students to become physicians. The system, created in the early 1900s, intentionally set out to cut down the number of doctors.