A Closer Look at Healthcare Workforce Needs in the West : Medical Education

A Closer Look at Healthcare Workforce Needs in the West : Medical Education cover graphic
Year published: 
2008
Media type: 
PDF
Number of pages: 
16
File size: 
289 KB

This report highlights three interrelated workforce issues of importance to physicians and medical schools that prepare individuals for a career in medicine: the shortage of physicians and the planned expansion of medical school enrollment, medical student indebtedness, and primary care physician service with emphasis on care delivery in rural areas. The West’s demographics present unique challenges in educating our future healthcare professionals, and this analysis suggests strategies for how Western states can link their resources to respond, particularly in higher education.