One Reason For All Those Foreign Doctors: American Medical Schools Refuse To Open Enough Places
06/20/2024
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One reason that American STEM graduates are being displaced is that fewer American students go into these fields, because there is less work for them if they get out due to massive legal immigration of foreign workers. Americans would still be happy to study medicine if they could, but thanks to the AMA’s limit on American medical schools, they can’t.

Med school system displaces Americans in favor of foreigners, report finds, by Kayley Chartier, The College Fix, June 20, 2024

Some students going overseas to study medicine, scholar says

U.S. medical schools are not producing enough doctors despite a growing need for medical care by an increasingly aging population, a new report reveals.

The report “Why Don’t U.S. Medical Schools Produce More Doctors?” blames the Association of American Medical Colleges and American Medical Association for “slow-walking” efforts to increase enrollment.

Author Jay Greene, a Heritage Foundation senior research fellow and former professor at the University of Arkansas, told The College Fix in a recent email that foreign-educated doctors are partially filling the gap, but there are problems with that as well.

“Medical training and the healthcare system are heavily subsidized by taxpayers,” he told The Fix. “Those systems should not be creating opportunities for people overseas while driving out U.S. citizens.”

His research found “about a third of foreign-trained ‘medical residents’ are U.S. citizens who had been turned away from domestic medical schools and have been forced to go overseas.”

In connection, the report also found the number of foreign-educated doctors in the U.S. has “skyrocketed” in recent decades.[More]

American medical students are mostly white and Asian, and are also hurt by the existing colleges’ "diversity" goals:

The linked Heritage report says this:

The percentage of doctors imported from abroad has skyrocketed from 9 percent in 1981 to 25 percent in 2024. U.S. medical schools have simply failed to keep up with the increased demand for medical services by not expanding the number of doctors they train. It was a policy choice to import significantly more foreign-educated doctors rather than train more in the United States. That policy choice was enforced by monopoly control over the accreditation of U.S. medical schools, which hindered new entrants and forced the U.S. health care system to look abroad for doctors. Given that aging baby boomers are increasing demand for medical care, removing the accreditation cartel blocking the expansion of domestically trained doctors is critical.

Here’s the chart provided by Heritage:

Something for an incoming Trump Administration to look at.

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