Ensuring that there are enough doctors to treat patients when they need care is a team effort. That’s why the AAMC community is joining more than 75 associations and specialty societies for a coordinated Day of Action on Monday, May 6. We’re encouraging lawmakers to co-sponsor the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would end the freeze on Medicare’s support for Graduate Medical Education (GME) by gradually adding 15,000 GME residency positions over five years.
We need you by our side while we fight to alleviate the doctor shortage. And you don’t have to wait until Monday to take action: You can send a note urging your member of Congress to co-sponsor this bill right now. It only takes a minute.Send My Note to Congress Now
If we do not address the federal freeze on GME funding, there could be a shortage of nearly 122,000 physicians by 2032. Patients could lose access to the critical care they need. We can’t take that risk.
The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 is a significant step toward addressing the doctor shortage. Companion versions of the bill have been introduced in the House and the Senate, and broad-based support in both houses could help it gain traction.
On Monday, more than 75 health care organizations — including the AAMC — will rally together to support this important legislation. Will you help us make sure patients are able to get the care they need when they need it? We need your voice!
Your support is so important!
— AAMC Action