A shortage of medical residency positions: Parallels with psychology

Donna Lapaglia, William N Robiner, John A. Yozwiak, Cheryl Brosig, Barbara Cubic, Gerald Leventhal

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Physician shortages in the US are expected to intensify with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. These shortages may negatively impact access to care, quality of care, and confidence in the system's ability to adequately provide for health needs in the US. Concerns regarding physician demand underscore how critical Graduate Medical Education funding is to preparing the physician workforce. In 2014 5.6 % of US medical school seniors did not match into residency. Psychology has faced longstanding training imbalance issues with a misalignment between the number of internship positions and the number of applicants. The authors summon attention to the damaging effects a training imbalance poses to a health care profession, its trainees, and ultimately the public it serves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)706-712
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

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  • Internship imbalance
  • Match
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Residency imbalance
  • Resident
  • Workforce


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