Should Residency Programs Be Expanded? (The Wall Street Journal)

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The Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal turns to Elliott S. Fisher, the director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, for his opinion on whether the number of medical residencies in the United States needs to increase in order to meet the growing demand for health care.

“The problem facing health care today isn’t that we need more doctors,” Fisher tells the Journal. “The problem is that we still get care the old-fashioned way, which makes it appear that we need more doctors.”

Fisher, who is also the James W. Squire Professor of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine and co-director of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, continues, “Changes happening across the country raise the possibility of a different way of providing care—without more physicians. Instead of overworked primary-care physicians delivering every bit of care, new team-based approaches leverage other health professionals and technology to help patients care for themselves and avoid unnecessary visits.”

Read the full story, published 6/16/13 by The Wall Street Journal.