Quality & Science

Graduate Medical Education Advocacy Coalition Supports the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act

by | March 24, 2021


On March 24, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and 68 other organizations as part of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Advocacy Coalition, submitted a letter of support for the the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S. 834). This bipartisan legislation, which is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY) and Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) in the Senate, as well as Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL-7), Tom Suozzi (D-NY-3), John Katko (R-NY-24), and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) in the House, would gradually raise the number of Medicare-supported GME positions by 2,000 per year for seven years, for a total of 14,000 new slots. This bill would build on the historic inclusion of funding for 1,000 new Medicare-supported GME positions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 – the first increase of its kind in nearly 25 years.


The letter stressed that by 2033, the U.S. will be experiencing a shortfall of between 54,100 and 139,000 primary care and specialty physicians. Furthermore, given that 2 in 5 physicians will be 65 years or older in the next decade, the U.S healthcare system faces a looming wave of physician retirements which could negatively impact access to health services. Given physician burnout due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and continuing access issues for rural and underserved areas, it is vital that Congress take decisive action to secure the future of the American healthcare system.


Read the Senate letter here.


Read the House letter here.


Read the bill here.


Read a short summary of the House bill here.


Read a section-by-section summary of the House bill here.