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Internal Medicine Enrollment Increases for Second
PHILADELPHIA, March 17, 2011 -- The increase in the number of
U.S. medical students choosing internal medicine residencies in
2011 is a positive sign toward easing the primary care workforce
shortage, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP),
the nation's second-largest doctors group.
The 2011 National Resident Matching Program report released
today shows an 8.0 percent increase from last year, with 2,940 U.S.
seniors at medical schools enrolling in an internal medicine
residency program, compared to 2,722 in 2010. This is the second
consecutive year that internal medicine enrollment numbers have
increased. This trend follows a two year decline from 2007 to 2009
(2,680 in 2007; 2,660 in 2008; and 2,632 in 2009).
"This is good news for internal medicine and adult patient care
in the U.S.," said J. Fred Ralston, Jr. MD, FACP, president, ACP.
"The American College of Physicians has consistently called for
health care reforms that support internal medicine as a career
path, including increasing support for primary care training
programs, increasing Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement to primary
care physicians, and expanding pilot testing and implementation of
new models of patient care."
While ACP welcomed the trend of more U.S. students choosing
internal medicine residencies, the organization cautioned that
increasing the nation's primary care workforce has a long way to go
to meet the needs of an aging population requiring care for chronic
and complex illnesses.
"We're cautiously optimistic and hope that the positive trend
continues," said Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP, executive vice
president and CEO, ACP. "But the U.S. still has to overcome a
generational shift that resulted in decreased numbers of students
choosing primary care as a career. In 1985, 3,884 U.S. medical
school graduates chose internal medicine residency programs. And
the 18.9 percent of U.S. seniors that matched internal medicine in
2011 is the same percentage as 2007."
The 2011 match numbers include students who will ultimately
enter a subspecialty of internal medicine, such as cardiology or
gastroenterology. Currently, about 20 to 25 percent of internal
medicine residents eventually choose to specialize in general
internal medicine, compared with 54 percent in 1998.
About the American College of Physicians
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the United States. ACP members include 130,000 internal medicine
physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical
students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and
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