The AMA’s Council on Legislation and Council on Medical Education continue to focus on viable ways to improve graduate medical education (GME), ensuring medical students have the opportunity to fulfill training requirements and become practicing doctors.
Workforce experts continue to predict that the U.S. will face a significant physician shortage for both primary care and specialty physicians over the next 10+ years if training positions are not expanded.
Challenges GME faces
GME faces an ever-growing list of persistent and deepening challenges, including the following:
—High levels of medical student debt that may influence future career choices away from family medicine and primary care and toward higher paying specialties.
—An inadequate supply of primary care physicians, general surgeons and psychiatrists compared to other medical specialists.
—Poor geographic distribution of physicians that limits access to health care for many individuals and communities in both rural and urban settings.