A new editorial in the Miami Herald discusses the looming physician shortage in the United States and the role that international medical schools like American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) are playing in addressing the need for more doctors. The article, entitled “International Med Schools Filling a Need for U.S. Physicians,” was co-authored by Heidi Chumley, MD, AUC executive dean and chief academic officer, and Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, dean and chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM).
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine has placed more than 340 alumni in medically underserved areas in Florida.
—From "International Med Schools Filling a Need for U.S. Physicians," published in the Miami Herald on Dec. 5, 2015
The authors point out that AUC and RUSM combine annually to provide about 1,000 new doctors into residency training programs, and that many of these international medical graduates become primary care physicians. The two medical school leaders write that they are “confident that the lessons we’ve learned — not just about increasing the number of doctors, but also ensuring that they are just as diverse as the communities they serve — can be applied more broadly to help fix the looming physician shortage and provide the level of care that benefits all of us.”
The full article is available online.
Posted December 15, 2015 04:38 PM