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HUFFINGTON POST: RUSM Could Be Part of the Answer to the Physician Shortage

November 25, 2014

The American healthcare system faces a shortage of over 45,000 primary care physicians by 2020, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Unchecked, that number is predicted to rise above 65,000 by 2025. The AAMC, AARP, and other US organizations have sounded the alarm. Medical schools like Ross University School of Medicine, writes Huffington Post contributor Paul Alexander, could be part of the solution needed to address the shortage.

 

Caribbean Medical Schools Producing Much Needed Doctors 

“As American medical schools struggle to keep up with demand, one source of new doctors that can help fill the shortfall is Caribbean medical schools,” writes Alexander. He points out that historically, these schools have been “stigmatized,” but cites RUSM as one of the “good schools” that can be a new answer to the physician shortage. Lest anyone worry about the quality of practicing physicians from Caribbean medical schools, Alexander writes, “Any medical school graduate, no matter what institution he attended, either domestic or foreign, must pass the same board exams administered by the American Board of Medical Specialties in order to practice in the United States. This prevents unqualified doctors from going into practice.”
 

RUSM Leads All Medical Schools in Producing New Residents

More than 800 RUSM graduates earned residencies in 2014, more than every other medical school in the world, and more than two-thirds of those placements were in primary care programs. If past surveys of RUSM alumni hold true for the future, then half of RUSM graduates who entered primary care will stay there for the majority of their careers, potentially helping to curb or solve the impending shortage in primary care.

Are RUSM’s graduates part of the solution to the primary care physician shortage? Perhaps only time will tell—but based on the numbers above, it sure looks that way.

Read the original Huffington Post article here.

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