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Legislation to Address Physician Shortages Introduced in Senate and House

Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), John Boozman (R-AR), and Charles Schumer (D-NY), as well as Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and John Katko (R-NY), have introduced S. 348/ H.R. 1763, the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019. This bill seeks to bolster the U.S. surgical workforce and health care infrastructure by increasing the number of Medicare-supported residency positions nationally by 3,000 each year from 2019 through 2023 for a total of 15,000 slots.

To ensure that the nation has a physician workforce that is capable of meeting the needs of the U.S. patient population, broad reforms in graduate medical education (GME) funding and administration are long overdue. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) position is that these solutions must be flexible, nimble, patient-centric, and, most importantly, evidence-based. This legislation is a critical first step, and the ACS looks forward to working with members of Congress on GME policy reforms and other issues that affect the physician workforce.

Read the College’s letters of support for the legislation to the Senate and the House. Take action through SurgeonsVoice by requesting that your Senator and Representative support S. 348/ H.R. 1763.  For more information, contact Hannah Chargin, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at