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Association of American Medical Colleges Tomorrow's Doctors, Tomorrow's Cures®

Press Contact

Catherine Probst
Sr. Media Relations Specialist
Telephone: 202-909-2077
Email: cprobst@aamc.org

Jamila Vernon
Public Relations Specialist II
Telephone: 202-828-0959
Email: jvernon@aamc.org

Key Issues

GME Funding: How to Fix the Doctor Shortage

With a growing, aging population, the demand for physicians will intensify over the coming years. According to AAMC estimates, the United States faces a shortage of between 46,000 and 90,000 physicians by 2025. Cuts to graduate medical education (GME) jeopardize the ability of medical schools and teaching hospitals to train physicians, nurses, and other health care providers to address the shortage.


Medical Research and Academic Medicine

Medical schools and teaching hospitals receive funding for research from federal and state agencies, private industry, and philanthropic efforts. By far the largest source of federal research funding comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Federal funding cuts–especially as a result of sequestration–jeopardize the groundbreaking research taking place at institutions around the country. 


Teaching Hospitals

Teaching hospitals provide clinical education and training to medical students, residents, and postgraduate fellows and are distinguished, in large part, by their clinical research programs where drugs, medical devices, and treatment methods are developed and tested.


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