Study: Med school enrollment does not affect physician shortage

11/20/2013 | AAFP News Now

Medical school enrollment increased 22.9% from 2000 to 2010, but many new physicians do not go into primary care or practice in states with shortages of family physicians, according to research from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care published in Academic Medicine. The report said medical school expansion is not a solution to the shortage of primary care physicians and called on states to enact policies to encourage students to choose family medicine and prioritize admission of those who are likely to go into primary care.

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