What's being done to curb physician shortages
■ Selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine
Posted Feb. 13, 2012
Selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine.
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About half of doctors remain in states where they finish their residencies. But the other half move away. American Medical News has examined what states, medical schools and others are doing to attract physicians to underserved areas and ensure an adequate supply nationwide.
Physician shortages are expected to reach 62,900 by 2015 and 91,500 by 2020. States have responded by opening new medical schools and offering incentives such as scholarships and loan repayment programs to keep doctors from moving elsewhere. Read more
A Florida medical school teamed up with five area hospitals to expand residency training and bring more physicians to the area. Read more
Incomplete data on certain health professions hinders policymakers' ability to plan work force needs, according to an analysis by a Washington think tank. The report said work force planning does not account for regional differences, new technology and potential consumer engagement in health care delivery. Read more