OSU Medical Leader Says U.S. Needs More Physician Training Spots

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Ohio State University College of Medicine students line the stage at Mershon Auditorium on Friday to learn where they'll spend their medical residencies.
Ohio State University College of Medicine students line the stage at Mershon Auditorium on Friday to learn where they'll spend their medical residencies.

On Friday, about 200 medical students from Ohio State’s College of Medicine learned their next career move. But, they faced stiff competition to gain a required medical residency.

The students were matched with hospitals for training in their specialty. But the CEO of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, Doctor Steven Gabbe, says there’s a shortage of training spots.

“We will come to a day when American students graduating from our medical schools will not have a place to do a residency.”

Dr. Gabbe says a medical residency is required before any physician can begin his or her practice. Currently the number of residencies is capped.

“So, we anticipate by 2020 that there’ll be about 90,000 physicians short in this country. About half in primary care and half in specialties.” Dr. Gabbe says.

Nationally, Doctor Gabbe says this year 40,000 medical students competed for 26,000 residency positions.

Tom Borgerding
WOSU news

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