Tag Archives: doctor shortage

To Reduce the Rural Doctor Shortage, Train More Doctors from Rural Areas

By Fred Jacobs
February 14, 2019

Rural America is short on doctors. Only about 11 percent of physicians practice in rural communities — though nearly 20 percent of the population resides there.[1] Medical schools can help alleviate this crisis by attracting more aspiring physicians from low-income, rural backgrounds. Many doctors are reluctant to practice in rural areas. Only 3 percent of […]

Underserved Communities Need International Medical Graduates

By Dr. G. Richard Olds, President of St. George's University
October 6, 2018

The United States could be short up to 120,000 physicians — including 50,000 primary care doctors — by 2030.[1] The shortage will be most severe in low-income, rural, and already-underserved regions. Thankfully, there’s a solution. International medical graduates are uniquely suited to fill these gaps in the doctor workforce — more so than their domestically […]

To Quell Canada’s Doctor Shortage, Look Overseas

By Sandra Banner
May 19, 2018

Patients in British Columbia will need more patience in the coming years. They already face long wait times for medical care due to a severe doctor shortage. Those wait times will soon lengthen. That’s because four in ten physicians are at or approaching the average retirement age, according to a new study published in the […]