We Need You to Help Address Ohio’s Physician Shortage

Leaders in Ohio are working to address the primary care physician shortage and we need an Ohio pediatrician to take part.

A report by the Association of American Medical Colleges projected a shortage of up to 104,000 doctors nationwide by the year 2030. Meanwhile, the Ohio Statewide Primary Care Needs Assessment by the Ohio Department of Health identified 137 geographic areas in Ohio in which population groups or facilities were determined to have a current shortage of healthcare providers according to federal criteria.

A shortage of primary care physicians across Ohio poses a great risk to patient care. The Primary Care Coalition, which includes the Ohio AAP, is creating the Ohio Primary Care Physician Workforce Collaborative to devise a strategy for enhancing the primary care workforce for the state of Ohio.

The major focus will initially be on graduate medical education (GME), as there has been little change in the number of primary care residency slots in Ohio in the last decade, despite significant growth in the number of medical student training positions during that same time.

There is agreement among all national agencies that predict health workforce needs that there is and will continue to be a significant shortage of primary care physicians in Ohio, with the only question being just how great the deficit will be.

Because there is no current statewide plan in Ohio to address this shortage, this new collaborative of leaders to begin discussing how to best address this need. Since this in the planning stages, the time commitment in not yet known but we welcome any feedback our members may have.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Melissa Wervey Arnold at marnold@ohioaap.org.


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