Washington, DC – Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) has introduced bipartisan legislation to address the physician shortage facing the United States. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction and Graduate Medical Education Accountability Act, H.R. 6352, will create 15,000 new Graduate Medical Education (GME) slots around the country. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015, the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed.
“The US is already facing the reality of having a significant shortfall in trained doctors and medical professionals, and this shortage will only continue to grow if we don’t begin to address the problem now. Its estimated by 2015, the country will have over 62,000 fewer doctors than needed,” said Congressman Aaron Schock. “The primary way our country can address the physician shortage is by ensuring we increase the number of Graduate Medical Education slots. By doing so, we are increasing the number of medical school graduates who will receive hands on training in a patient setting to gain the experience needed to become a practicing physician.”