New Wave of Medical Schools to open in the United States
The New York Times had an interesting article about a boom of new medical schools in the US. They site the fact that “These new schools are seeking to address an imbalance in American medicine that has been growing for a quarter century. Many bright students were fleeing to offshore medical schools, or giving up hope entirely, when they could not get into domestic schools. Meanwhile, American hospitals were using foreign-trained and foreign-born physicians to fill medical residencies. During the 1980s and ’90s only one new medical school was established.
‘Huge numbers of qualified American kids were not getting into American medical schools or going abroad to study,’Dr. Lawrence G. Smith, dean of the proposed Hofstra University School of Medicine, in Hempstead, N.Y., which is not yet recruiting students, said last week. ‘I think it was a kind of wake-up call.'”
With the growing trend of doctor shortages, especially Primary Care Providers happening in states such as Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Florida, California, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey and others, this couldn’t come at a better time.
One of the things we should worry about is how good these medical schools will be? This is however a step towards fixing a growing problem.