Relevant Reads

Want to learn more about this issue? We have compiled articles on crippling medical school debt, the physician shortage America faces and other relevant information.

Ballooning number of medical students shut out of hospital residency fuels doctor shortage,
10 December 2019, Washington Times
About 10 percent of medical school graduates don’t get a medical residency each year.

Missouri gets $5 million to address growing primary care doctor shortage,
5 September 2019, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
New residency program in Sedalia will start with two positions, but expectations are for more resident program funding at other rural hospitals.

GME Funding and Its Role in Addressing the Physician Shortage, 1 August 2019, AAMC News
Advocates for more residency positions an support of the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019.

International medical students shed stigma, enjoy record year in annual physician match,
9 April 2019, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
More residency slots are being filled by international medical graduates.

Bipartisan Bill in WI Seeks to Boost Medical Training, 11 March 2019, Wisconsin Public Radio
Representatives want to expand doctor residencies In Wisconsin.

WI Medical Residents May Get Boost from Proposed Legislation, 1 March 2019, News 8000
Gundersen Health System in La Crosse hopes to draw more residents and address a growing physician shortage.

In Canada Doctors Face ‘Match Day’ with Few Available Spots, 25 February 2019, The Toronto Star
For the last 10 years in Canada, the country has produced more medical students, but the number of residency spots haven’t increased.

Pasadena Kaiser Med School to Offer Free Tuition to All Students, 19 February 2019, CBS Los Angeles
Classes expected to start in summer 2020. Students will do their clinical work at Kaiser hospitals and clinics throughout the region.

New Medical Residency Programs May Solve Doctor Shortage in AZ, 17 January 2019, AZ Central
Abrazo Community Health Network creates 45 internal medicine and 15 general surgery residencies this year.

Residency Match: The 7 Most Competitive Medical Specialties, 21 November 2018, AMA
Competitiveness may be a factor to consider when choosing a specialty, but other factors should be considered too.

$15 million AMA Initiative Targets Gaps in Residency Training, 30 October 2018, AMA
Funding is targeted to addressing how to better transition students into residency.

10 Med Schools Where Students Leave With the Most Debt, 21 August 2018, U.S. News & World Report
The average debt for 2016 graduates at these schools was more than $230,000.

Cleveland Lerner College of Medicine Offers Free Tuition Since 2008,
20 August 2018, Cleveland Clinic Newsroom
Supporting opinion piece for NYU’s School of Medicine decision to provide tuition-free medical education to all its medical students.

I’m a Doctor and Even I Can’t Afford My Student Loans (opinion), 20 August 2018, The New York Times
Emergency medicine doctor says when the highest earners struggle with education costs, the country needs to get serious about the problem.

We’re Becoming a Nation without Doctors, 20 August 2018, Dame
Article looks at what will happen with women’s health care in the face of a primary care physician shortage.

NYU Makes Tuition Free for All Medical Students, 16 August 2018, The Wall Street Journal
New York University now will cover tuition for all its medical students regardless of their financial situation.

New Med School in Southern California Aims to Tackle Doctor Shortages,
27 July 2018, U.S. News & World Report
Since the early 2000s, many new medical schools have opened nationwide.

How Doctor Shortages Impact Med School Admissions, 23 July 2018, U.S. News & World Report
Focusing on a medical field where doctors are scarce can enhance an applicant’s candidacy.

Get ready for residency: 2019 Match Timeline, 18 July 2018, The DO
Key dates for NRMP and AOA matches.

Why doctors and lawyers are no longer he richest people you know, 30 May 2018, Business Insider
Total student-loan debt to the federal government now totals more than $1.3 trillion.

Is every medical school graduate entitled to become a doctor? 1 May 2018, The Globe & Mail
A look at Canada and medical graduates who don’t match to jobs.

Doctor Shortage May Reach 120,000 by 2030, 12 April 2018, Inside Higher Ed
The Association of American Medical Colleges is urging medical schools to train more physicians.

Average Medical School Debt in 2017, 4 April 2018, Student Debt Relief
More than 86 percent of graduates in the medical field carry educational debt, and the average medical school debt was $190,000 in 2016.

MYTH: There’s a Physician Shortage in the U.S., 12 March 2018, The Keckley Report
An increased supply of alternatives to traditional physician services may mitigate a doctor shortage.

Charting Student Loan Repayment, 14 February 2018, Urban Institute
To help make student loan repayment affordable, the U.S. Department of Education offers repayment plans tied to borrower income.

The Ultimate Medical School Debt Repayment Guide for New Doctors,
21 January 2018, Student Loan Hero
Options and loan forgiveness programs.

Med School Doesn’t Have to Lead to Crushing Debt, 13 January 2018, The Washington Post
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences offers tuition-free education in exchange for national service.

Missouri law allows doctors to practice without residency,
18 December 2017, Channel 41, KSHB, Kansas City
Missouri becomes first state to pass a law creating a new medical category of assistant physician.

Why America Needs Foreign Medical Graduates, 6 October 2017, The New York Times
Indiana University School of Medicine professor of pediatrics argues for importing physicians trained outside the U.S.

Lack of Residency Slots In Florida Leaves Some Doctors Without Licenses, 3 August 2017, WGCU
Florida falls short on residency positions.

Are Physicians today Doctors of Debt? 19 July 2017, Indiana University School of Medicine
Given the high debt load medical school students take on, it’s no surprise that there’s keen interest in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).

Tragic case of Robert Chu shows plight of Canadian medical school grads, 17 June 2017, The Star
Passed over twice for a residency, medical graduate enrolled in MBA program takes his life.

Why are American Doctors Being Shut out of America? 29 May 2017, Newsweek
U.S. medical schools are graduating more doctors, but the number of residency slots isn’t increasing proportionally.

New report predicts ‘troubling’ shortage of doctors in the U.S., 20 March 2017, CBS News
The Association of American Medical Colleges says physician shortage in the U.S. will worsen.

Why Doesn’t the U.S. Train More Doctors? 14 March 2017, CNN
A look at various issues, but misrepresents the number of medical school graduates to residency positions by not looking at the total number applying for residencies.

What if you don’t match? 3 things you should do, 9 March 2017, AMA Wire
Advice from a family medicine physician at the Venice Family Clinic.

Understanding your Odds of Getting into a Residency, 8 March 2017, MD Magazine
Explains the residency matching program.

Options for Physicians who Don’t Get Accepted to Residency Programs, 7 December 2016, MD Magazine
When doctors cannot become residency trained, job options are severely limited, the article notes, but the writer seems to place blame on the student rather than external causes.

A Doctor Shortage? Let’s Take a Closer Look, 7 November 2016, The New York Times
The Institute of Medicine argued in a 2014 there was no doctor shortage, but an inefficient system.

Unmatched Graduate: ‘Med Schools to Blame,’ 17 October 2016, Physician’s Weekly
Personal story of a 38-year-old U.S. medical graduate who attempted to match three times with no success

I’m a doctor. I’m on Medicaid. I work as a waitress. 11 August 2016, Pamela Wible, MD
Personal story of a doctor who did not obtain a residency.

Yes! You can open your dream clinic – without completing residency. 4 June 2016, idealmedicalcare.org
Alternate career path post-medical school – a personal story.

Looming question for medical students: Will they be shut out of advanced training?
17 March 2016, Stat News
Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas have passed laws to allow unmatched graduates to work in medically underserved areas without completing a residency.

Why medical students aren’t matching – and what happens next? 7 June 2015, AMA Wire
Top seven reasons why graduates didn’t match, according to Association of American Medical Colleges, and how one school responded.

Practicing after one year of GME. Is it feasible? Should it be? 5 February 2014, The DO
According to the Federation of State Medical Boards, the answer is yes in 37 states for DOs and 33 states for MDs who graduated from U.S. medical schools.

Medical students may find themselves without a job, 12 October 2013, KevinMD.com
Even with new medical schools and increasing class sizes in existing schools, the number of practicing physicians is limited by funding for Graduate Medical Education (GME) or residencies.

$1 million mistake: Becoming a doctor, 10 September 2013, MoneyWatch
Survey finds most doctors are dissatisfied. Given the opportunity for a do-over, they would not choose a career in medicine.

I went $230,000 into debt to become a doctor in America, 27 March 2013, Quartz
Midwestern boy with modest roots becomes a physician, and a debt serf.

Foreign-trained doctors kept out of practice in U.S., 14 April 2011, PRI
Foreign-trained doctor says U.S. residency system is unfair and biased, saying “If you have the same knowledge as a graduate from the United States, I don’t see any difference.”