Med School and Residency Selectivity Worsens Physician Shortage

According to an article in U.S News University, medical school selectivity and a lack of residency options is worsening the ongoing physician shortage.

The acceptance rates for medical students are declining even amidst a rising need for physicians all over the country. Federal budget cuts have directly affected the number of residencies hospitals are able to offer for medical students, making it impossible for some students to finish their licensure, according to the article.

Although an increase in medical school acceptance rates may seem like a viable solution, the lack of residencies available to those students presents a formidable obstacle in their subsequent level of training for their ultimate future as practicing, licensed physicians.

In 2013, two acts aimed to increase residency availability, the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act and the Training Tomorrow's Doctors Today Act, did not pass in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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