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Physician Workforce: Recommendations for Policy Implementation

D-200.991 The Physician Workforce: Recommendations for Policy Implementation
To address current and predicted physician shortages, our AMA will work with members of the Federation and national and regional policymakers to develop mechanisms, including identification of funding sources, to create medical school and residency positions in or adjacent to physician shortage/underserved areas and in undersupplied specialties. (CME Rep. 8, A-05, Reaffirmation I-06; Reaffirmation I-07)

D-200.993 Revisions to AMA Policy on the Physician Workforce
Our AMA will, through its Councils, Sections, Minority Affairs Consortium, and other organizations, develop strategies to implement its workforce policy, through research, advocacy, and other relevant means; and collaborate with state and specialty societies and other interested groups to develop a national consensus on physician workforce policy. (CME Rep. 2, I-03, Reaffirmation I-06)

H-200.955 Revisions to AMA Policy on the Physician Workforce
It is AMA policy that: (1) any workforce planning efforts, done by the AMA or others, should utilize data on all aspects of the health care system, including projected demographics of both providers and patients, the number and roles of other health professionals in providing care, and practice environment changes. Planning should have as a goal appropriate physician numbers, specialty mix, and geographic distribution. (2) Our AMA encourages and collaborates in the collection of the data needed for workforce planning and in the conduct of national and regional research on physician supply and distribution. The AMA will independently and in collaboration with state and specialty societies, national medical organizations, and other public and private sector groups, compile and disseminate the results of the research. (3) The medical profession must be integrally involved in any workforce planning efforts sponsored by federal or state governments, or by the private sector. (4) In order to enhance access to care, our AMA collaborates with the public and private sectors to ensure an adequate supply of physicians in all specialties and to develop strategies to mitigate the current geographic maldistribution of physicians. (5) There is a need to enhance underrepresented minority representation in medical schools and in the physician workforce, as a means to ultimately improve access to care for minority and underserved groups. (6) There should be no decrease in the number of funded graduate medical education (GME) positions. Any increase in the number of funded GME positions, overall or in a given specialty, and in the number of US medical students should be based on a demonstrated regional or national need. (7) Our AMA will collect and disseminate information on market demands and workforce needs, so as to assist medical students and resident physicians in selecting a specialty and choosing a career. (CME Rep. 2, I-03, Reaffirmation I-06; Reaffirmation I-07; Reaffirmed: CME rep. 15, A-10; Reaffirmation: 1-12)

AUA Board of Directors, October 2006
Board of Directors, October 2008 (Reaffirmed)
Board of Directors, October 2013 (Revised)

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