Rebekah Bernard MD and Niran Al-Agba MD |

There is no doubt that America is facing a physician shortage, due in large part to a lack of residency positions, the mandatory 1-3 years that medical school graduates must complete to receive a license to practice medicine. To alleviate this shortage, some states have a new professional designation for unmatched medical school graduates called ‘assistant physician’ or ‘graduate physician.’

Representatives for Louisiana Physicians for Patients discuss their role in passing legislation to allow graduate physicians the opportunity to work under the supervision of a licensed physician in the state.