Physician Workforce Planning
At the urging of the IMG Section, the AMA has begun to re-examine its policies and assumption about the future of the physician workforce. Currently, these policies are based on the premise that the United States has a physician surplus. That prediction is now widely challenged, as many areas continue to be medically undeserved.
At the June 2005 Annual Meeting, two new resolutions were adopted to address the physician workforce shortage:
This resulted from the June 2003 Annual Meeting, where the AMA Council on Medical Education held an open forum to hear physician's opinions on physician workforce planning. Although the council has not yet issued its recommendations on new workforce policies, several conclusions were made.
- Making accurate predictions of the physician workforce that will be needed in the future in nearly impossible.
- Many AMA policies are based on predictions that are now considered inaccurate.
- AMA policy on workforce is sometimes inconsistent.
Read More in the Fall 2003 AMA Voice (PDF, 144KB) for the International Medical Graduates Section.