Healthcare IT: “Are retirees the answer to the physician shortage?”

Leonard Glass, MD, a retired clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine, believes that retired physicians can be part of the solution to the growing physician shortage in the US.

Glass founded an online program called Physician Retraining and Reentry, which retrains retired physicians to provide adult outpatient primary care.

At the end of the program’s first year, 13 physicians had successfully completed the program, 70 were still in training and 20 were getting ready to start.

Recruiting retired physicians to help solve a looming doctor shortage

An online program created in collaboration with the UC San Diego School of Medicine faculty aims to help address the nation’s shortage of primary care physicians, a critical health-care issue highlighted by the Association of American Medical Colleges on Tuesday.

Created by educators at the medical school and primary care physicians who are renowned experts in physician training and assessment, Physician Retraining and Reentry (PRR) provides physicians of all backgrounds, retired and otherwise, the tools needed to offer adult outpatient primary care in their current practices or at understaffed clinics across the country.

Read more at The Washington Post.

Significant Primary Care, Overall Physician Shortage Predicted by 2025

America faces a significant physician shortage by 2025, according to a physician workforce projectionreport(www.aamc.org) released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) today titled “The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2013 to 2025.”

According to an AAMC press release, (www.aamc.org)the U.S. could be short between 46,000 and 90,000 physicians overall.

The analysis, compiled for the AAMC by IHS Inc., a global information company headquartered in Englewood, Colo., estimates a primary care shortage of 12,500 to 31,100 primary care physicians and a shortfall of 28,200 to 63,700 non-primary care physicians, “most notably among surgical specialists.

Read more at AAFP.org