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IU: Country Facing Severe Doctor Shortage

5/19/2011

Indiana University's School of Medicine is confirming a national trend: the nation is looking at a severe doctor shortage in the next 15 years.

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The Association of American Medical Colleges says graduation and training rates still aren't keeping up with a shortage of about 150,000 doctors.

Both say the greatest demand is for primary care doctors in rural areas.

Currently, the U.S. has roughly 350,000 primary care doctors, and the association estimates that 45,000 more will be needed by 2020.

The IU School of Medicine is expanding class sizes the address the issue, a move that will they say will make it the largest medical school in the U.S.

Some experts argue the new healthcare law isn't helping the doctor shortage.  Many say it'll take at least 10 years to make a dent in the doctor shortage problem.

In addition, some medical colleges and hospitals are warning about a shortage of medical resident positions. The residency is the minimum three-year period when medical school graduates train in hospitals and clinics.
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