Medical school deans and executives of state medical societies believe a physician shortage exists -- particularly in nonprimary-care specialties, according to an article appearing in tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association. Of 70 deans responding to a survey, 62 cited shortages of physicians in at least one specialty. About 82% of state medical society executives reported shortages in at least one specialty. Growing concern over physician shortages also was addressed today by the American Medical Association, which amended its longstanding policy on physician supply. For two decades, the AMA has warned of an oversupply of doctors. But meeting in Hawaii for its midyear policymaking conference, the organization agreed to support national programs to help alleviate shortages in some specialties and said it would begin work on a report addressing "critical physician supply issues." -- by Michael Romano
Shortage of specialty docs becomes a concern
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