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Addressing the Physician Shortage--Who's Doing What?
Date:9/10/2008

result in 5,000 new M.D. students annually.
  • The AAMC also is looking more closely at new options for U.S. medical students to study abroad and return to the United States to complete their residency and begin practicing medicine.

  • Since the American Medical Association (AMA) lifted the moratorium on medical school accreditation in 2003, four new medical colleges have been accredited, with six more slated for accreditation in the near future.

  • At the federal level, the "United States Physician Shortage Elimination Act of 2007," though stalled in committee, recommends measures such as making grants to community health centers in order to establish either new or alternative-campus accredited medical residency training programs.

  • Another recommendation is to increase the National Health Services Corps awards as a stimulus for physicians to care for underserved populations.

Some of these recommendations posit solutions that will come to fruition years from now. Meanwhile, how are hospitals and health organizations responding to the crisis?

Hospital responses

In light of the looming physician shortage, hospitals are adopting a more flexible staffing model, according to an accompanying survey in the Jackson & Coker Industry Report entitled "Addressing the Physician Shortage."

The survey was commissioned during August and targeted hospital administrators, including CEO's, and in-house physician recruiters. T
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