Association of American Medical Colleges chief says this could fix U.S. doctor shortage

The physician workforce shortage is getting worse, in part, due to a 22-year cap on Medicare funding for medical residency programs, AAMC CEO Darrell Kirch said. (Wavebreakmedia)

Congress needs to pass a measure to end a longtime cap on funds choking the number of medical residencies in the U.S., the chief of the Association of American Medical Colleges said this week.

"The work that is in the control of medical schools to increase the number of medical students has been done. Congress needs to act," said Darrell Kirch, M.D., while addressing reporters about healthcare workforce challenges at the Association of Health Care Journalists' conference in Phoenix. 

He renewed his calls for Congress to pass a bill with bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.