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AAMC Commends Introduction of GME Expansion Legislation

Washington, D.C., April 30, 2015AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement about the introduction of the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2015 in both the House and Senate:

“We thank Senators Nelson (D-Fla.) and Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Minority Leader Reid (D-Nev.), and Representatives Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Boustany (R-La.) for their continued leadership in addressing many health care challenges. Our nation faces a real, significant doctor shortage in the next decade, one that poses a threat to patients if it is not addressed now. The legislation introduced today will provide critical additional federal support for residency training that will help to address the shortage.

The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2015 will provide a modest increase in Medicare support for graduate medical education by creating an additional 15,000 residency slots over five years. Medical schools have done their part to address the shortage by increasing enrollment by 30 percent, and every one of those new doctors will need to complete a residency before they can begin caring for patients in their communities.

The additional positions are an important part of the multi-pronged approach required to deal with the physician shortage. The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are at the forefront of health care innovation, and those efforts are critical to making care delivery more efficient, and potentially reducing the demand for physicians. These innovations, along with increased federal support for graduate medical education, will help ensure that we have enough doctors to meet the health care needs of our nation’s growing and aging population.

We look forward to working with the bills’ sponsors and other members of Congress to increase federal support for residency training and help alleviate the doctor shortage.”

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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 www.aamc.org.

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