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The AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) provides useful resources for its members. Student leaders create informational issue briefs and presentations that provide a brief summary of issues of importance to its members. For additional information on these topics, please contact the MSS.
Graduate Medical Education (GME) Advocacy
The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 capped the number of resident physicians each teaching hospital could claim for reimbursement under Medicare. Since Medicare does not reimburse teaching hospitals for training residents beyond the capped number of GME slots, core GME training programs have experienced minimum growth. In order to ensure an adequate number of physicians are available to meet the future needs of the U.S. population, the cap on GME slots must be lifted and adequate GME funding must be protected.
- Save GME: Let your congressional leaders know the importance of GME to the future of U.S. health care. Visit the AMA’s "Save GME Campaign" website to learn more.
- GME Congressional Issue Brief (PDF): This handout describes why adequate GME funding must be protected and the cap on residency positions must be lifted.
- Top Ten Reasons to Protect GME (PDF): This document explains the essential role that residents play in providing health care in the U.S.
Find more information on what AMA is doing to advocate for graduate medical education.
Medical Student Debt Advocacy
By 2020, the U.S. will face a physician shortage of 91,500 that will increase to 130,600 across all specialties by 2025, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Workforce Studies. An acute physician shortage will have a profound impact on health care access, quality and costs, especially for Americans who are already underserved. With an average medical school graduate indebtedness of $176,348, debt plays a major role in career decisions and impacts the supply of our nation’s physicians.