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News and briefs: Landmark bill could create 15,000 new residency slots

Residency Program Insider, August 14, 2012

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Introduced last week, the Physician Shortage Reduction and Graduate Medical Education Accountability and Transparency Act (HR 6352) seeks to create 15,000 more Medicare-sponsored residency slots across the country. If approved, the bill could shrink the impending physician shortage by adding about 4,000 new physicians each year, according to a statement from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Representatives Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) introduced the bill to Congress, each stating the urgency needed to allow greater access to healthcare in the future and break the residency slot cap created 15 years ago. The resolution would add 3,000 more residency slots each year from 2013 to 2017, according to an AAMC overview of the bill.

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