Will We Soon Be A Few Orthopaedists Short?

For several years, the Association of American  Medical Colleges (AAMC) and other bodies in organized medicine have predicted a  looming shortage of orthopaedic surgeons. So, it was no surprise that J. Lawrence Marsh, MD, explored this  topic during a symposium on graduate medical education (GME) at the recent  National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC) in Washington, D.C. (See cover  story, "Orthopaedic  Surgeons Press Congress for Action.") Dr. Marsh asserted that, according to  AAMC data, the demand for physician services will far outpace the number of  medical school graduates, leading to an eventual physician shortage.

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