Graduate Medical Education (GME)
To ensure access to care, the AMA continues to advocate for an increase in the number of graduate medical education (GME) positions. It is projected that by 2025, there will be 90,000 fewer physicians than the country needs. While advances in technology and workflow may make physicians more efficient over time, the need for more doctors is still larger than ever to address current challenges in the health care system. In addition, the number of unmatched students continues to grow. In 2015, 440 seniors in MD programs in the United States were left without a position at the conclusion of the Match, which does not include international medical graduates, previous graduates, or other non-traditional applicants. The AMA is working to ensure sufficient funding for GME so that students have the opportunity to complete their studies and serve the needs of patients.