U.S. doctor shortage worsens as efforts to recruit Black and Latino students stall
More than two in five U.S. doctors will be old enough to retire in the next decade and the pipeline of new doctors remains much like it did a generation ago – not as diverse as the overall population.
A new report Friday from the Association of American Medical Colleges underscores two persistent trends in medicine: The nation’s doctor shortage could worsen over the next 15 years, and the ranks of Black and Hispanic doctors fall far short of reflecting the nation’s diversity.
The AAMC projects the nation will face a shortage of up to 139,000 doctors as the population of retirement-age Americans soars 45% by 2033.
About 2.6% of the nation’s doctors in 2019 and 7.3% of students enrolled in medical school in 2020 identified as Black or African-American. Despite efforts to bolster the ranks of Black doctors, the figures still lag the 13% in the overall population.
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