Imagine there is a projected teacher shortage of 90,000 teachers over the next decade. Pretend that you wanted to be a teacher and attended a teacher’s college. You have only 1 requirement left to fulfill, STUDENT TEACHING. Assume that in spite of the projected teacher shortage, the Education Budget is cut nationally, which results in a limited supply of student teaching positions. Without student teaching you can’t get your teaching credential. Imagine that over the last 5 years alone, there were more than 40,000 students unable to find a student teaching assignment. They would have had to give up on a teaching career, find another job, and begin paying their student loans. How could such a bureaucratic slip-up occur in view of the projected upcoming teacher shortage???
Well, this is exactly what is currently happening in Medical Education! There is a projected shortage of 90,000 doctors over the next decade. Over 40,000 doctors in the last 5 years ALONE have been UNABLE to match into a required residency. They cannot complete the last step required for a Medical License! They have to leave Medicine. After being accepted into
It is a classic case of bureaucracy, where the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. In 1997 the Federal Government’s “Balanced Budget Act” put a freeze on Medicare reimbursement for medical residency training slots. Yet, with a projected doctor shortage of up to 90,000 physicians in the next decade, the number of medical schools was INCREASED. What a surprise! The number of medical schools increased at the same time as the number of required post-graduate training slots was REDUCED! This catastrophe has left more than 40,000 graduate doctors, over the last 5 years alone, with no where to go!!
This blog is designed to educate the public about this travesty. It is a call to action to those who can help rectify this ongoing catastrophe. The voices who can help include: State and US Legislators, State and National Medical Societies, US and Foreign medical school deans, Residency Directors, Medical students, Physicians, Public Health Departments, and finally the MEDIA