Bleg: Medical School Slots Going Unfilled?
This morning Glenn Reynolds posted the following comment from a reader:
As a physician in practice for over 25 years, I must comment.
Medical schools are actually having trouble filling the available slots they have so more schools won’t necessarily make for better care.
Much of “primary care” could be handled by nurse practitioners but patients would need to get used to not seeing “the doctor.”
Last time I checked, there were surveys that reported about 2/3 of physicians actively discouraged their children from going into medicine.
Can anyone substantiate this? I’d genuinely appreciate it. I’m always interested in learning something new.
Frankly, I believe that this is hooey. What I believe to be true is that medical residency slots are going unfilled, a horse of a completely different color. That reflects the reality that graduating doctors prefer some specialties over others, particularly primary care.
I can find plenty of citations that medical residency slots are going unfilled. Can anyone find some proof that billets in medical school are going unfilled?