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.”
“I commend Congressman Schock for his leadership in addressing the physician shortage crisis,” said Paul Macek, President and CEO of Proctor Healthcare. “All the trends show the US is heading down a dangerous path with fewer doctors practicing medicine, which has already begun to leave the US without the thousands of doctors that are needed to meet the demands of our growing population. H.R. 6352 is the type of solution that will help ensure students pursuing the field of medicine will gain the expertise they need once they graduate while encouraging more students to practice medicine.”
"St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois applauds Congressman Aaron Schock's leadership in introducing the 'Resident Physician Shortage Reduction and Graduate Medical Education Accountability Act,'" said Robert Ritz, President and CEO of St. John's Hospital. "This important legislation will add 15,000 much needed Medicare-sponsored residency positions over a five-year period and is an essential step in ensuring access to care for Medicare beneficiaries and others who need health care. We are particularly pleased that the legislation recognizes and addresses the chronic underfunding of residency training at community-based hospitals like St. John's."
“Midwestern University supports the expansion of graduate medical education in hospitals across the country to address physician shortages,” notes Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD, President & CEO of Midwestern University. “We applaud the efforts of Rep. Aaron Schock in proposing this legislation to address this critical need.”
“OSF Healthcare System supports the education of new physicians and has for many decades. The education that occurs at hospitals is invaluable to the training that physicians needs,” said Tara Canty, COO, Accountable Care, OSF Healthcare System. “Medical students and resident physicians under the direct supervision of board certified physicians are able to actually experience what patients and their loved ones need in various clinical situations. The hospital setting rounds out the classroom and simulation preparation that is so critical to successful physician education. There is a cost associated with this training which really is an investment in our future and our country’s future. It is encouraging to see Congress take up a bill in support of continued funding and expansion of funding for physician hospital training.”