Are residency policies creating physician shortages? 5 recent studies to know

By Patsy Newitt for Becker’s Hospital Review

California has the most active specialty physicians in the U.S., according to 2021 data published by the Kaiser Family Foundation. 

Here are five things to know from recently published studies:

1. Artificial intelligence technology may deter one-sixth of medical students from pursuing careers in radiology because of negative opinions of AI in the medical community, according to a study published in Clinical Imaging Oct. 2 .

2. Medical students identifying as sexual minorities are underrepresented in undergraduate medical training and among certain specialties following graduation, according to a study published Sept. 30 in JAMA Network Open.

3. Bottlenecks in the physician training and education pipeline are limiting entry for residency and playing a vital role in U.S. physician shortages and care access issues, according to a Sept. 20 report from nonpartisan think tank Niskanen Center. 

4. California has the most active specialty physicians in the U.S, according to 2021 data published by Kaiser Family Foundation Sept. 22. Here are the number of specialty physicians by state.

5. At least 93 percent of providers qualified for a positive payment adjustment from 2017 through 2019 under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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