The United States Senate is moving forward with legislation increasing the number of federally funded Residency positions offered in the United States. The bill is being pushed by two democratic senators, Bill Nelson and Chuck Schumer, and calls for an increase of 3,000 Residency positions each year for a period of five years, increasing the number of US-produced practicing doctors by 15,000 per a year by the end of the program. 

 

This legislation is in direct response to the predicted shortage of physicians in the United States, most reports put that number at over 100,000 doctors in 2030. 

This is all part of the multi-pronged approach AAMC has developed to address the impending physician shortage, much of which is predicated on the aging US population and lack of growth in Federally-funded residency positions over the last decades. 

https://news.aamc.org/press-releases/article/senate-gme-legislation-06072017/