The Alliance of Specialty Medicine wrote letters to both the House and Senate sponsors of H.R. 2256 and S. 834, the Resident Physician Shortage Act. These companion bills would increase the number of Graduate Medical Education (GME) residency positions an additional 2,000 residency positions each year for seven years to tackle the severe physician manpower shortage.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the United States will face an overall shortage of up to 139,000 physicians by 2033. While the Alliance acknowledges the need to increase the number of available primary care providers, we note that specialty shortages will be particularly large, including neurosurgeons, urologists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, and general surgeons. The House letter was written to Reps. Sewell (D-AL), Katko (R-NY), Suozzi (D-NY), and Davis (R-IL) while the Senate letter was written to Senators Menendez (D-NJ), Boozman (R-AR), and Schumer (D-NY).