To Get the Doctors We Need, Expand Their Opportunities to Train

By G. Richard Olds, Opinion Contributor | The Hill

America will face a shortfall of up to 124,000 doctors by 2034, according to alarming new data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. This physician shortage will disproportionately hurt historically marginalized communities, where many people already struggle to find care.  

The problem stems in large part from an insufficient number of residency spots — the mandatory, hands-on training that medical school graduates must undergo before they’re able to practice on their own.

Funding more residencies — so that more newly minted MDs can actually join the physician workforce — is the most straightforward solution to the doctor shortage.

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