AAMC VIDEO: The importance of Graduate Medical Education

This video from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) explains (in under four minutes) the policy behind the growing shortage of residency positions for medical school graduates. It compares the number of medical students applying for residency positions and the number of available residency positions. The video asks that Congress expand federal GME support before it’s too late to fix the doctor shortage, and issues a call-to-action urging viewers to ask their Members of Congress cosponsor AAMC-supported bills to increase the number of federally-supported residency positions.

“Addressing our physician workforce needs in Hawai`i requires that we focus on both preparing MD students for their residency and training the newly-minted MDs after medical school,” said Dr. Jerris Hedges, Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. “Residency training helps prepare these residents so that they are qualified for a Hawai`i medical license and best prepared for medical practice in Hawai`i,” said Dr. Hedges. “Expansion of the John A. Burns School of Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs is a vital shared goal with the state of Hawai`i. Let’s make it happen!”

Watch the video above, or without flash-plater, click to watch it directly on VIMEO. Our featured photograph shows UH Pediatrics Residents training in the JABSOM SimTiki Simulation Center in fall, 2013. To learn more about (post-MD) Graduate Medical Education at JABSOM, see JABSOM GME .