New bill to create additional opportunities for medical students
Many aspiring physicians choose to study at Christian colleges and universities due to the quality of their programs and the connections to hospitals for placement opportunities. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, medical students will soon have access to more training slots to help them advance their careers in healthcare.
Legislation currently being evaluated by Congress would create as many as 15,000 new training positions in Medicare-affiliated hospitals, providing medical students with more choices and potentially improving the shortage of trained physicians in the U.S.
Many Christian universities and specialized medical schools have seen a substantial increase in interest in healthcare degree programs in recent years. Some experts believe that the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act will create additional demand for doctors in the coming years as more individuals gain access to health insurance coverage.
“The U.S. is already facing the reality of having a significant shortfall in trained doctors and medical professionals, and this shortage will only continue to grow if we don’t begin to address the problem now,” said Representative Aaron Schock, co-sponsor of the bill, in a prepared statement. “The primary way our country can address the physician shortage is by ensuring we increase the number of graduate medical education slots.”