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Dean of Quinnipiac University's New Medical School Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee on Successful Primary Care Programs
Date:4/24/2013

orkforce we need.”

According to Koeppen, the challenges are daunting:

    •30 million additional Americans will enter the health care system because of health care reform;
    •one third of current physicians are expected to retire;
    •17,000 primary care physicians are needed in underserved areas just to meet Health and Human Services’ target of one doctor for every 2000 residents;
    •and a tremendous wage gap exists for family physicians/internists compared to other specialties.

In fact, he notes The Center for Work Force Studies of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects a significant shortage of primary care physicians practicing family medicine, general internal medicine and general pediatrics. According to the AAMC analysis the shortage of primary care physicians in 2020 will be 45,400, increasing to 65,800 in 2025.

“We have 10,000 baby boomers per day--half of whom are already diagnosed with two or more chronic medical conditions-- entering the Medicare system, and more than 30 million individuals who will obtain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act,” Koeppen said. “In the past, medical students have shied away from primary care because of the perception it is ‘less prestigious,’ more demanding, and at the bottom of the income ladder. But high quality patient-centered care is essential to the health of our citizens, especially for the nation to bend the health care expenditure curve. But, doing more of the same in terms of medical student education will simply not get us to where we, as a nation, and a health care system, need to be. We need new ideas and new approaches. I’m pleased that Quinnipiac University is at the forefront of these efforts.”

Koeppen said new medical schools are uniquely positioned to positively affect medical student education though the kind of innovati
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