Help Create the Tsunami of Outrage / Residency Shortage
My last blog delineated the problems in bringing the Residency Shortage to the Nation’s attention. No “one” person can solve this crisis, it involves too many variables: ACGME accrediting, Medicare funding, and states legislation to “preserve” unmatched doctors. My solution was to create a “Tsunami of Outrage” to bring the Residency Shortage to “the table”.
This blog was first published on
Jan. 31, 2017. To use “wave” terminology, it began with a
“ripple” of readers. In 5 months, the
readership has increased to a small “wave”, reaching 232 readers during the
first week of July. Here are the
statistics I am going to use to set a goal for dissemination and education
about the Residency Shortage via the “NoMatchMDs” blog:
- US Population – 321 million
- Total Professionally Active Physicians in US – 923,308
- US Congress – 535 Representatives and Senators
- Combination of (MDs + Congressmen = 923,843) - about 1 million
- 200 million registered voters in US
Let’s visualize what it would take to reach a goal of 1 million readers of this blog, the total number of MDs and Legislators combined. It is only through knowledge of the Residency Shortage that we can work toward a timely solution. Here are my calculations. If those 232 readers from the first week in July were to contact only 6 doctors or legislators EACH, and each of those contacts would make 6 contacts of their own, etc., etc.:
232 X 6 = 1,392
1,392 X 6 = 8,352
8,352 X 6 = 50,112
50,112 X 6 = 300,672
300,672 X 6 = 1,804,032
With only 5 cycles of contact, over 1.8 million people would have been reached with this information. This is what it would take, 6 doctor/legislator contacts by each of 232 blog readers to theoretically contact “every” doctor and congressman in the
This same story could extend to the education of the voting public. If this process continued for 8 cycles, the total number contacted would rise to 390 million, almost twice the number of contacts than registered voters!
If you have followed this blog and find the cause of the Residency Shortage “compelling”, we cannot just let the message end with each one of us. Knowledge without action is useless. This “story” is too complex to explain it in “one sentence”. The circumstances are many and varied. Education of this travesty leading to a solution is the one and only goal of this blog.
At the end of each prior blog, I have asked the readers/listeners to contact the doctors and legislators in their local area to create action for the Residency Shortage. Today, I am going to ask each of you to personally contact 6 doctors +/or legislators that you know. Provide the link to this blog, “NoMatchMDs.blogspot”, and request that they in turn contact 6 more of their colleagues/legislators, etc., etc. Tell them they can listen to this blog on their cell phones while commuting. Just click on the YOUTUBE link with each blog. Ask them to keep this “wave” going, with hopes that we will reach our goal of 1 million doctors + legislators. Wouldn’t it be unbelievable if the cycle went 8 rounds and reached all 200 million registered voters?? It goes without saying that any “sharing” you may include in all your social media would be an added bonus.
So there we have it, a measurable goal. Make 6 contacts each, ask your contacts to do the same and continue the cycle, and reach more than 1 million doctors and legislators in the
today. Now that is a “TSUNAMI”!! US