Overall, medical-school enrollment in the U.S. has risen 25 percent—by nearly 87,000—since 2002, according to a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The number of students in osteopathic medical school has more than doubled, to nearly 26,000, during that time. Doctor shortages are still a concern, especially in the rural South. By 2025, the U.S. will have a shortage of 94,700 physicians, reports AAMC. (AAMC map: Active physicians in 2014 per 100,000 population)
creating satellite campuses in the southern and eastern part of the state."
"Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri passed measures in the last two years that enable medical school graduates to treat patients before completing their residencies," Ollove writes. "Almost all states have embraced telemedicine, in which doctors use audiovisual technology to treat patients in remote locations, notably rural areas, from afar. And several states, such as Arizona, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, Vermont and Washington, have liberalized laws to enable nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform some treatment normally done by doctors." (Read more)