News in brief: April 2010
The number of medical schools in the United States is set for the largest increase since the 1970s. More than 20 new schools have either opened or are planned across the country, in what has been described as a market response to an increasingly elderly population and an expected rise in the number of insured people under the proposed changes to the healthcare system.
Lawrence Smith, a dean of one of the proposed medical schools, said that many qualified prospective students were either failing to get into medical school or going abroad to study.
However, some people argue that simply increasing training and more doctors will not solve the country’s dearth of rural primary care physicians, and they have called for an increase in nurse practitioners and physician assistants to provide cheaper care instead.
David Goodman, an expert in healthcare workforce matters, said that doctors would just go to already