The Right Stuff: Will Tomorrow’s Doctors Be Prepared?
Industry Perspective The increasing demand for health care professionals in the global workforce is at its greatest level in history.
With an ever-increasing global population, the landscape of health care delivery is rapidly changing.
By 2025, the American Association of Medical Colleges [AAMC] has estimated that the physician shortage in the U.S. alone will exceed 125,000 physicians, and the capacity for generating new graduates from traditional medical schools is likely to continue to fall far short of meeting the physician needs of the future, as the number of students in traditional U.S. medical schools has not kept pace with the population growth.
"The new physician graduates will need to be better trained and more technologically savvy than ever before..."
In order to meet the demands of a burgeoning global society, we will likely have to tap the best talents of innovation and medical pedagogy, and to incorporate the resources of emerging technologies in an efficient and cost effective manner to achieve success. The face of health care is continuing to evolve, with greater emphasis on universal health care, rapid advances in therapeutics and a need for added skills and responsibilities for those involved.
What it will take
The new physician graduates will need to be better trained and more technologically savvy than ever before, with added modules in technical subjects and in clinical and administrative procedures within medical and graduate curricula, all without neglecting the traditional time proven elements of a sound medical or graduate education.
Additionally, the new curriculum must pay close attention to factors of cost, location and duration of study needed to achieve a productive outcome. Many of our students enter our program with a variety of clinical and managerial experience. This means that we are able to help those students streamline a clear pathway to their medical or graduate specialty from day one. Faculty and mentors are available year around. We encourage all students to complete the USMLE exams prior to graduation, often prior to their final year of study and when they are likely to score the highest.