Feb 19, 2008

Podcast TMA: How Many Doctors Do We Need?

In recent years, the experts’ opinions on how many physicians Texas and America need have shifted 180 degrees. We went from a projected surplus to a new view that we’re running far short – especially in some specialties and in some communities. Texas Medical Association and the American Medical Association are now among those calling for significant increases in our physician workforce.

To further explore this change and find out how medicine is reacting, Podcast TMA spent some time with Jordan Cohen, MD, the president emeritus of the American Association of Medical Colleges, who came to Austin to take part in TMA’s second medical education summit. Texas obviously is a growing state with a lot of needs in both undergraduate and graduate medical education. Since Dr. Cohen was in town, Podcast TMA wanted to gain his insight into medical education and workforce issues.

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This installment of Podcast TMA also features some comments from another speaker at the TMA 2008 Winter Conference, who has a different perspective on physician workforce. Dr. David Goodman is one of the authors of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. After years of studying variations in care provided around the country, with huge variations in the number of physicians per capita, the Dartmouth group is convinced that more care isn’t necessarily better care. Podcast TMA asked Dr. Goodman how Texas medicine can do more with less.

Read more about Dr. Cohen's and Dr. Goodman's presentations at the TMA 2008 Winter Conference in the April issue of Texas Medicine magazine.


Anonymous said...

The problem will be a shortage of people wanting to go into this sinking titanic. It is too expensive to go into the medical profession and too expensive to run an office. When the demos take over you will have to beg people to go into this disasterous profession. Too bad!

jps said...

Doctors are increasingly being replaced by and relegated to the role of supervisors of NPs and PAs. They are more 'economical'. Only solution I currently see are 'boutique' practices for primary care.