Utah physician on hiring unmatched medical graduates (associate physicians)
Rebekah Bernard MD and Niran Al-Agba MD
Nurse practitioner and physician assistant use are often justified because of a shortage of physicians, especially in underserved areas. One major cause of the physician shortage is a lack of residency positions, the required minimum training that must be completed after medical school to be licensed as a physician. Every year, thousands of aspiring physicians cannot complete that training because of a lack of funding for more residency positions.
While physician advocacy groups are lobbying Congress for more residency funding, some doctors are taking direct action to help medical school graduates to continue their journey toward becoming licensed physicians. Today we are joined by Mary Tipton MD, an internal medicine and pediatric physician, who has created opportunities for unmatched medical school graduates to gain additional training and experience at her medical clinic.