Study calls residency shortage a myth

A new study refutes claims by media and medical groups that there are not enough residency slots for medical school graduates.

Researchers at the Washington, D.C.-based George Washington University Health Workforce Institute examined a decade of data on increasing numbers of medical school graduates and increasing numbers of first year residency positions.

They found there were nearly 6,900 more first-year positions than graduates of both allopathic and osteopathic U.S. medical schools in 2014, which were filled by international graduates. Their projections showed this trend will continue and residency positions will continue to outpace U.S. graduates for at least 10 years.

Based on this analysis, the authors suggest Congress does not need to fund more graduate medical education positions.


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