Statewide Regional Campus Development: Academic Medicine’s Response to US Physician Shortages

Authors: Elena A. Wood, MD, PhD, Kathryn R. Martin, PhD, Paul M. Wallach, MD


Based on data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the United States will experience a shortage of up to 122,000 physicians by 2032, affecting patient care across the nation.1 In 2006, the AAMC recommended a 30% increase in US medical school enrollment to address the national physician shortage, proposing that the expansion of existing schools and opening of new allopathic medical schools will result in 5000 new medical students by 2015. According to the AAMC Medical School Enrollment Survey,2 medical school enrollment increased by 25% since 2002–2003, and a 30% increase will have been achieved by 2017–2018.

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