Preventing An Impending Doctor Shortage

The United States is facing a serious shortage of physicians, largely due to the growth and aging of our population and the impending retirements of older physicians. While medical schools have increased enrollment by nearly 31% since 2002, the 1997 cap on Medicare support for graduate medical education (GME) has effectively frozen support for residency training, limiting the growth of the physician workforce. Already, we've seen the shortages make it more difficult for people to access care in veterans' hospitals, rural communities, inner cities, and other underserved areas. With the potential for a large-scale, impending doctor shortage of between 54,100 and 139,000 physicians by 2033, the AAMC Action community fights to protect and expand graduate medical education (GME) funding, and advocates for bipartisan legislation to add federally supported residency positions.

Tell Congress to Take Action

Urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 — bipartisan legislation that would invest in the nation’s health care infrastructure by taking critical steps to address the projected doctor shortage.

You Can Join The Fight

Help expand resources and training that make it possible for patients to get the care they need when they need it. Funding for residency training has effectively been frozen since 1997 – it’s time for elected officials to step up. Learn more about the American doctor shortage.