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AMA to New York Times: The AMA Supports Training More MDs

April 13, 2012 (published)

New York Times
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Contrary to John H. Cochrane's claims in "What to Do on the Day After ObamaCare" (op-ed, April 3), the American Medical Association has been supportive of medical school expansion to help ensure there are enough physicians to care for all Americans.

The number of medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, of which the AMA is one of two co-sponsors, increased from 125 in 2006 to 137 in 2012. The number of medical students in the U.S. is also increasing.

To help alleviate a physician shortage, the AMA supports medical education reform, including an increase in medical-school class sizes and additional residency slots to train physicians in needed specialties and regions. The AMA is committed to helping doctors help patients, and that includes ensuring that there are enough physicians to treat them.

Cecil B. Wilson, MD
Past President, American Medical Association