Medical schools being challenged to find training sites

Medical schools being challenged to find training sites

(HealthDay)—Medical schools are working to find solutions to ensure their students can continue to receive clinical training in spite of the escalating shortage of training sites, according to an article published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

A recently released report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and other medical organizations describes the escalating shortage of clinical training sites to accommodate the increasing number of U.S. medical and other health professional . The report was based on a survey of medical schools and nurse practitioner and physician assistant training programs.

According to the report, finding clinical training sites has become more difficult for medical, nursing practitioners, physician assistants, and osteopathic medicine students. Most respondents reported that the greatest challenges were in finding primary care training sites. More than half of respondents reported feeling pressured to pay for the training sites. To address training site shortages, many of the respondents reported having implemented nonmonetary incentives and alternative solutions, such as including night shift rotations and using community-based physician training.

"Helping teach medical students is one of the pleasures of practicing in general, and it gives me great pride to help educate students and get them excited about medicine," Aaron Garman, M.D., medical director of a federally qualified community health center in Beulah, N.D., said in a statement, according to the AAFP article.

More information: AAFP News Release
AAMC Report

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Enrollment in US medical colleges is increasing

May 29, 2013

(HealthDay)—Enrollment in U.S. medical colleges is increasing, but there is concern about the adequacy of training opportunities, according to a report published by the Association of American Medical Colleges ...

Study shows changing roles of physicians with MBAs

Jun 26, 2014

According to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, physician graduates from the MBA program in heath care management at Penn's Wharton School ...

Recommended for you

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge arrives in North Korea

22 hours ago

It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel, a founding member of the Fugees, has done it—getting his dousing in the center ...

Cold cash just keeps washing in from ALS challenge

Aug 28, 2014

In the couple of hours it took an official from the ALS Association to return a reporter's call for comment, the group's ubiquitous "ice bucket challenge" had brought in a few million more dollars.

Medtronic spends $350M on another European deal

Aug 27, 2014

U.S. medical device maker Medtronic is building stronger ties to Europe, a couple months after announcing a $42.9 billion acquisition that involves moving its main executive offices across the Atlantic, where it can get a ...

User comments