Reforming American Medical Licensure
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Forthcoming
26 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2019
Date Written: January 9, 2019
The current medical training and licensure system in the United States limits the supply of medical practitioners, exacerbating the shortage of care our country is facing. Fundamental reforms to the process of training and licensing medical practitioners in the United States have the potential to expand the supply of medical providers significantly and thus improve patient access to needed medical care. Under the policy recommendations outlined above, experienced and qualified foreign-trained doctors could practice in the United States without having to repeat the same residency training that they have already completed at home. Furthermore, under a system of provisional licensure, recent medical school graduates who cannot obtain a residency training position would have alternative opportunities to participate in the care of patients, help ameliorate the physician shortage, and receive training in the process. These reforms will help alleviate the current and future shortage of qualified physicians.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation