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Med Schools Boost Enrollment, But Residency Slots Threatened



Enrollment at the nation's medical schools is on track to grow 30% by 2016. But with $60 million in federal funding threatened, residency slots might not be available for all new graduates, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.



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.