@DoctorMac: I feel like there have been doctor shortage predictions since I was in med school. Haven't seen it yet, esp when job hunting.
@MatthewBowdish: Really? I've looked at 'overrepresented markets' like SoCal. Nml ratio allergist/gen pop 1:45K. In LA 1:178K, OC 1:91K, SD 1:78K. Part of problem is distribution, part is small turnover in tiny field of a/i. But look how long Walla Walla, WA has been recruiting. We also have several rural monthly/bimonthly clinics that are booked for 5-8 months.
Starting a new medical school can cost $100 million to $150 million. Many private medical schools have 5,000 or more applicants for a class of 100 students.
Where America needs doctors, in one map - The Washington Post http://goo.gl/iL6TY and http://goo.gl/MiimZ
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