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Study calls for 39% more family physicians by 2020

Physician Practice Advisor, October 4, 2006

A new work force report approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Congress of Delegates says the United States needs to shift educational funding to primary care to stave off a growing primary care physician shortage, according to an AAFP press release.

The study focuses specifically on family physicians, calling for 39% more to meet the projected need in 2020. The report says U.S. medical education policy should fund primary care residency programs in order to produce a total of 4,439 family medicine graduates a year by 2020, ensuring that 30% of ambulatory care is provided by family physicians.

The report also recommends the formation of a public-private entity to allocate funding for residency positions among training programs in accordance with the need for various specialties over time.

Cl ick here to read the AAFP press release.