The Solution/ Residency Match
The solution to the National residency shortage is not an easy one. It involves a combination of 3 separate factors:
- Medicare funding for increased residency slots (National issue)
- reduce time required to accredit a new residency program (2-3 years)-ACGME
- new State legislation necessary to “license” these new doctor grads until the deficit in residencies is eliminated ( State level).
We have right now more than 40,000 unmatched doctors over the last 5 years alone. What will “carry” these doctors until the supply meets up with the demand?
The licensing dilemma of retaining these “untrained” doctors is what remains. These licenses are written at the State level (The State of
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Most important is to “preserve” these unmatched doctors, until the supply equals the demand for residencies. Medicare changes and ACGME credentialing are slow moving bureaucracies. The States will have to move swiftly to enact legislation to enable these unmatched doctors to obtain meaningful work, and also, to prevent their loss to the Nation when we are going to need these doctors more than ever.
How to eat an elephant? One bite at a time!