Florida hospital study warns of doctor shortage

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

February 18, 2015

A new study says Florida will have a shortage of nearly 7,000 doctors by 2025 if more residency programs are not created throughout the state to keep up with demand, according to a report in the News-Press of Fort Meyers.

The study, commissioned by several teaching and safety-net hospitals in the state, estimates that the state needs to create and fill 13,568 residency positions over the next decade to erase the projected shortfall in practitioners, according to the report.

The study found that physicians trained in psychiatry, general surgery, rheumatology, cancer treatment and thoracic surgery will likely be in the shortest supply, and while he state is allocating $87.5 million next year for a new program to bolster physician training, patient advocacy groups say that’s not enough, according to the report.