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  • Shortage of Primary Care Physicians

    In the United States, we are now short approximately 9,000 primary care doctors. This shortage is expected to grow to more than 65,000 doctors in the years to come.

    According to a new study by the Journal of American Medical Association, a majority of 50,000 physicians in training are planning on becoming sub-specialists.

    AMSA is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for primary care physicians and focusing attention on the failure of the health care system to provide equal, high quality health care to all individuals. For example, AMSA is hosting its Primary Care Leadership Institute in January 2013. Over three days, students will take part in interactive sessions, speakers, and an integrative experience at a clinic in Washington D.C. that will prepare them to become the future leaders in primary care. The deadline for this has passed but there are plenty of other ways to get involved. Check out some of our resources online:

    Healthcare Reform & Primary Care
    Professional Development in Primary Care
    AMSA's Primary Care Interest Group

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  • Don't Let the Supercommittee Cut Residency Positions!

    As you have probably heard, the Congressional "Supercommittee," or the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, is scheduled to announce its recommendations to cut $1.5 trillion in federal spending over the next ten years on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Supercommittee was created by the Budget Control Act of 2011 back in August to avert the debt ceiling crisis. Congress is scheduled to vote on these recommendations by Dec. 23. If Congress fails to adopt Supercommittee recommendations, there will be an automatic sequestration, or across-the-board cuts.

    The Supercommittee is rumored to be contemplating substantial (up to 60%) cuts to Medicare Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding which supports vast majority of residency programs in the U.S. As a result, it is critical that we, as physicians-in-training, make our voices heard on this issue. Please take a few seconds to email your members of Congress and urge them to protect Medicare GME:

    The American Medical Student Association strongly supports continued Medicare GME funding and condemns any effort to cut this funding. Massive cuts to Medicare GME will compromise patient access to care and, in some cases, may result in the closure of some residency programs. As the United States seeks ...

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  • New Medical School Model

    Yesterday, National Public Radio ran a story called, "New Medical School Model: Adopt A Family To Treat." They mention that after decades without a single new school, five new medical schools have opened since 2009, and 10 more are being accredited. They credit this response to the growing doctor shortage.

    In particular, the story focuses on Florida International University's College of Medicine in Miami. This new school has instituted a new approach to education - community-based medical curriculum. Each medical student is assigned to a local family in order to "improve the health of the family and the quality of life in the neighborhood."

    The school says they want to produce more primary care physicians.

    Two solutions that AMSA has proposed for the shortage of primary care physicians includes (1) erecting new medical schools that focus exclusively on primary care as a part of the infrastructural improvements that are a component of the incoming administration’s economic development plan, and (2) reward those schools that already focus on training primary care providers by increasing funding for the primary care-related research being conducted at such institutions making it commensurate with that awarded for more specialized research occurring at other institutions that ...

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