Wednesday, February 6, 2013

AMA's Save GME grassroots campaign

The AMA's new Save GME grassroots campaign makes it easy for medical students and physicians to urge their members of Congress to preserve GME funding and lift the federal cap on residency slots.

Unless Congress acts first, GME will undergo untimely cuts in Medicare financing on March 1.

"Residency training gives new physicians hands-on experience and provides high-quality care to patients," AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD

Experts say a physician shortage is imminent as the U.S. patient population continues to age and 30 million newly insured Americans gain access to health care. Even without a reduction in funding for residency programs, the United States is expected to experience a shortage of 62,900 physicians within two years. That number is predicted to increase to 130,000 across all specialties by 2025.

Learn more about the AMA's Save GME grassroots campaign

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