How to Fix the Physician Shortage

Four healthcare organizations in Arizona are partnering to fix the nation’s looming physician shortage.

The physician shortage in the United States could range from 46,000 to 90,000 physicians just 10 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. In Arizona, a state ranked 34th in total active physicians per 100,000 residents, four healthcare organizations are teaming up to fix this shortage with creative and local solutions, as noted in an AZ Central article.

Maricopa Integrated Health System, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and District Medical Group, Inc., are working with Creighton University School of Medicine to combat the physician shortage by boosting the number of physicians and other healthcare professionals in Arizona.

An article written by four healthcare executives explains how the health systems plan to increase medical school enrollments and add Graduate Medical Education slots to their teaching schools. In addition, the partnership seeks to create new academic and clinical education programs in

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Allied Health

The health systems will carry out the initiative through a collaborative organization tentatively called the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance. The early partnership of residency and fellowship programs is slated to begin July 1, 2017, following national accrediting organization approval.

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