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AAMC Congratulates New MDs on Successful Match Day

U.S. Medical Schools Continue to Expand, Innovate Training to Meet Doctor Shortage

Washington, D.C., March 18, 2016AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement about the results of the 2016 Main Residency Match:  

“The AAMC congratulates the nearly 30,000 medical students and graduates who today matched to residency training positions at teaching hospitals around the country. Match Day is an important juncture on their path to becoming practicing physicians.

With more than 4,800 residency programs and dozens of specialties, students face difficult choices when deciding where to apply. To help students match successfully to residency programs that meet their skills and desires, and address the needs of patients, U.S. medical schools have worked closely with students to provide advice and counsel on their choices as more students compete for a limited number of residency training positions. This year, nearly 94 percent of U.S. MDs matched to residency positions, with close to 80 percent matching to one of their top three choices.

However, with the United States facing a shortage of up to 90,000 physicians in the next decade, and with medical schools having increased their enrollments by nearly 30 percent to address this coming shortage, Congress must act now to increase the number of available residency training positions if the nation is going to be able to expand its overall supply of physicians.

Federal lawmakers have introduced proposals to make this happen. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2015, introduced in the House and Senate by Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Charles Boustany (R-La.), Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), would create 3,000 new residency slots per year over five years. The most recent measure, the Training Tomorrow’s Doctors Today Act, introduced by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), proposes the same number of new residency positions as well as accountability and transparency initiatives for institutions receiving federal funding for that training.

The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals have been doing all that they can to prepare for these expected shortages by expanding enrollments, creating innovative programs to make care more efficient, and training new MDs in teams with other health care professionals in a wide variety of settings to improve the health of their communities. However, residency growth has not been able to keep up with expanding patient needs because of a 20-year cap on federal support.

Improvements in care delivery are not enough to eliminate the doctor shortage; there also must be a modest increase in the number of federally supported residency training positions. On behalf of America’s patients, we urge Congress to act without delay to increase the number of residency training positions so that future patients will have access to the care they need.”

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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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Brooke Bergen
202-828-0419
bbergen@aamc.org

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