We are finally back in Pittsburgh after a long, eventful weekend in Philadelphia for the AAMC Annual Meeting! We hope you were able to stop at our booth this year to talk to an admissions expert about AMP. If you didn’t have the time to say hello, please feel free to schedule a demo of AMP.
This year’s meeting was bigger than ever with over 5,000 attendees, making it one of the largest gatherings of leaders in academic medicine. This premiere event in academic medicine allows leaders from all different institutions and backgrounds to give fresh perspectives on current academic medicine issues, news, trends, and concerns.
A variety of sessions were held, with topic discussions ranging from MOOCS to GME to the doctor shortage.This year, there has been constant discussion about what can be done to moderate the Affordable Care Act’s effect on academic medicine. In a session titled ‘Envisioning Changes in Health Care,’ Dr. Ian Morrison, health care futurist and author, discussed the rapidly changing landscape of health care and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on academic medicine.
Another topic of concern for attendees is the affect of the recent government shutdowns on academic medicine. A session led by Dr. Darrell Kirch, the AAMC CEO and President, discussed how the government shutdown has made it more difficult for institutions to accomplish their missions in education, clinical care, and research.
One of the most pressing topics discussed was the shortage of doctors and how institutions can manage the shortage of residency programs at medical schools and hospitals. Currently, medical school applications have reached record highs, with a 5.8% increase from 2012 to 2013. This increase, as well as increased enrollment at osteopathic schools, helps to alleviate the doctor shortage issue. However, this increased enrollment will soon highlight the lack of residency positions available to medical students. This past year, 528 medical school graduates were unable to find a job among the government’s 115,000 government allotted residency programs. If the current increase in residency slots of 1% per year continues, hospitals will be 2,000 positions short for graduates by 2021. This is very concerning for medical school graduates, who have an average of $180,000 in debt. Students can’t afford to not find a job immediately after graduation. At the AAMC annual meeting, the greatest minds in medicine get together to strategize solutions to complicated issues such as the doctor shortage.
This year’s AAMC meeting highlighted many important topics related to academic medicine. This opportunity to share ideas will enable the attendees to evaluate their best practices in managing their school, with the resources that are available. The annual meeting is always an excellent opportunity for attendees to learn more about the latest in academic medicine, and we cannot wait to attend next year’s meeting in Chicago.