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News and briefs: AAMC's president calls residency expansion key to physician shortage problem

Residency Program Insider, May 15, 2012

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Medical school enrollment is projected to increase by 30% in 2016, according to data from the annual Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Workforce Studies medical school enrollment survey. AAMC President and CEO Darrell Kirch, MD says the increase will not produce any additional physicians unless the cap on residency positions is expanded, according to an AAMC press release.

Kirch says the current physician shortage crisis will not go away unless more residency positions are established, allowing the training of the increased medical student population. He is calling for additional funding of residency expansion “essential to expand the overall supply of U.S. physicians.”

The survey projects medical school enrollment of first-year students to reach 21,376 during the 2016-2017 academic year.

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