More medical school students chose to do residencies in primary care this year, resulting in a 5% jump over last year’s rate. However, a severe shortfall is still predicted: by 2020 there will be a shortage of 46,100 primary care physicians according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. To make matters worse, residency positions have not expanded to meet the increased number of med students as a result of med schools’ expansions in recent years. The cap on Medicare-funded residency positions needs to be lifted in order to meet the need for more residency slots.
–Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consulting