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Successful Match Day Underscores Physician Workforce Needs of the Nation

Washington, D.C., March 20, 2015AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement about the results of the 2015 Main Residency Match:  

"Match Day is an exciting time on medical school campuses across the nation, and the AAMC congratulates future doctors on reaching this important milestone in their journey to becoming practicing physicians.

With more students than ever applying to and enrolling in medical school, medicine remains an attractive career choice. Reflecting the high interest in practicing medicine in all specialties, nearly 35,000 U.S. and international students applied for one of the more than 27,000 first-year residency positions offered in this year’s Main Residency Match.

Ensuring that the nation has an adequate number of residency training slots is essential, given that the United States faces a significant physician shortage of between 46,000 and 90,000 physicians by 2025.   

The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals have stepped up to address these projected shortages by expanding their enrollments and voluntarily creating new residency training positions. These institutions also have been working to make care more efficient and training health professionals to work in teams.   

However, these efforts alone will not eliminate the doctor shortage. We also need a modest increase in the number of federally supported residency training positions to train 3,000 additional doctors a year. Without increased federal support for residency training, the nation faces a very real possibility of widespread shortages of physicians, with particularly serious shortages in the kind of medical care our increasing aging population needs. 

We urge Congress to lift the cap on Medicare support for graduate medical education that has been in place for nearly two decades as soon as possible. Given that it takes seven to 10 years to fully train a doctor, avoiding a shortage in 2025 means there can be no more delay."


The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at

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