'Alarming' Physician Shortages Lie Ahead

While the reasons for the projected doctor shortage are clear—population health issues, shrinking physician reimbursements, workforce issues, and residency training insufficiencies—the path toward a solution is not.

8 comments on "'Alarming' Physician Shortages Lie Ahead"
Janet (1/18/2015 at 5:44 PM)

In another article written by Atul and Lidia, they said with only 4,000 physicians being trained annually...- I did the math.. with 91,5000 physician shortages by 2020, that would mean there needs to be 18,500 physicians trained in the U.S. annually for the next 5 years. That is a challenge that has to be turned into action!
savita (11/29/2013 at 9:41 PM)

oh really? Dr, Dave, you are yet to know millions of female medical work force who have been working on same terms as their male colleagues and yet caring for their family needs without compromising professional durties all over world. it was really unfortunate to come across a prejudiced sexist comment like this. you need to correct yourself.
Bill Schlesinger (11/16/2013 at 2:21 PM)

So when does The Cap Get Lifted On Residency Slots?
Daniel (11/15/2013 at 6:26 PM)

There aré a lot of physician who are trained outside and do not have a chance to get a residency spot. Most of the residency spot just go to people familiar with the program directors. Thera ano equality. In other words There are thousand of physician without opportunity to enter in the system. Just look how many apply and how many match.
Dr Dave (11/15/2013 at 2:10 PM)

Don't forget that in most medical school classes about 50% of the class is female. It has been our and others experience that female physicians most commonly work part-time for a major portion of their career. Hence you end up with a substantially reduced availability of physicians to actually treat patients.
Xiaoping Bai (11/15/2013 at 2:02 PM)

Agree! Because I am one of those who can't match to residency program for the past 4 years
Tom Lawson (11/14/2013 at 4:54 PM)

I was disappointed how this article minimized the use the nurse practitioners by using the terms mid-level provider and nurse without adequately explaining what a NP is or how NPs are currently alleviating shortages of providers. Every group of professionals certainly has its turf to be protected, but when it comes to efficiently educating professionals to diagnose and treat, NP's just make sense. And when it comes to outcomes, NPs track record is certainly worth noting... This has been demonstrated in the literature time after time.
Tyco Brahe (11/14/2013 at 2:01 PM)

What will happen when doctors and patients discover that doctors aren't the only ones who can provide healthcare?!


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