The U.S. could face a shortage of between 54,100 and 139,000 physicians by 2033, according to new data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The estimate is higher than AAMC’s 2019 report, which projected a shortage of up to 121,900 physicians by 2032.
“This annual analysis continues to show that our country will face a significant shortage of physicians in the coming years,” AAMC President and CEO David Skorton, MD, said in a news release. “The gap between the country’s increasing healthcare demands and the supply of doctors to adequately respond has become more evident as we continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenge of having enough doctors to serve our communities will get even worse as the nation’s population continues to grow and age.”