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15,000 New Residency Positions by 2017
by Sabio 10-05-2011, 07:03 PM

The United States Senate legislation has proposed a new bill that will introduce a 15,000 new residency positions across the United States.

The bill mentions an increase of 3,000 new positions each Medicare Fiscal year starting from 2013 until 2017. The full text of the bill is available online and here's the link
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.1627:#

The new bill has also been sited by the American Medical Association and here's the link
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/amaw...=&I=T&W=&Y=&S=

This will lift the limit of the 100,000 cap that has been enforced on the number of residency slots in the year 1997.

The senate intention is to meet the increasing demands for physicians as the US populations ages more and more.

If this bill is signed into law, it means there will be more chances for more US medical graduates and also International Medical Graduates to get into residency training in USA, thereafter, potentially increasing the doctors workforce in America.
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How do you think this bill will progress? good chances?
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How do you think this bill will progress? good chances?
I think it will likely pass the congress. There's a huge demand for doctors and they just can't afford blocking it.
Let's hope for the best.

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thanks god
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This is good news!

Thank you, Sabio, for posting this info
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I'm wondering if the competitive residency programs (R.O.A.D.) will somehow open their doors to deserving IMGs since more residents are needed. Dont get me wrong. I know IMGs match to those programs but only a very small percentage of them because AMGs are more favored
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Old 10-06-2011
 
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So 3000 new positions in the 2013 match!!! Wow that's great news.
Pass it congress!! We are waiting

Last edited by mle guy; 10-06-2011 at 12:40 AM.
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thank you, sabio. its really a good news... specially for IMGs
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:D

It is a good chance for IMG ....
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@sabio: Its a great news especially when the number of AMG every year ARE increasing .This will bring a new ray of hope for all IMG.
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Thanks for the info
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great news fr IMGs
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pls keep us posted

@sabio-its a great news....pls keep us posted if the bill becomes a law...thanks
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please keep us posted!

THanks for the info. Kindly let us know when it becomes a law, or even if it doesnt! A lot depends on it!
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Thanks so much
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Although this is the step in the right direction, I think there should be certain amendments that should be made:

1. Priority of hiring Citizens and or Lawful residents should be made priority over sponsoring visas.

For-Argument: The funding of these positions is by lawful citizens and residents of the country through tax dollar, and its only fair they benefit the most. The intended result of this change is to serve the American people so that they may have a primary care physician especially in an under served areas. By sponsoring certain types of visas, this typically requires the residents who once finished their training to return to their country, thus not serving the purpose of the bill.

2. According to the bill, only 1/2 of the positions set forth are required to be staged for Primary Care. This should be increased to 3/4, which is where the shortage lies.

I've already emailed my state senator to inquire about the progress of the bill as well as to make the above amendments. All residents should do the same!
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Old 02-13-2012
 
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Although this is the step in the right direction, I think there should be certain amendments that should be made:

1. Priority of hiring Citizens and or Lawful residents should be made priority over sponsoring visas.

For-Argument: The funding of these positions is by lawful citizens and residents of the country through tax dollar, and its only fair they benefit the most. The intended result of this change is to serve the American people so that they may have a primary care physician especially in an under served areas. By sponsoring certain types of visas, this typically requires the residents who once finished their training to return to their country, thus not serving the purpose of the bill.

2. According to the bill, only 1/2 of the positions set forth are required to be staged for Primary Care. This should be increased to 3/4, which is where the shortage lies.

I've already emailed my state senator to inquire about the progress of the bill as well as to make the above amendments. All residents should do the same!
But Any img doing residency in US will be very much willing to work in US only...
Serving the tax payee of US only..What makes the difference..
Any one who want to work outside US will not want to do Residency in US ..It cost more money and time..
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Well, this is hopeful news, but I certainly see no reason to get all excited about this. It was only introduced in Sept 2011 and has now been refereed to the Finance senate committee. In the US everything...EVERYTHING is determined by money. Given the current economic scenario, I highly suspect if the senate would be able to afford the extra funding for 3000 seats/year. Moreover a similar bill introduced few years back was shot down.

The bill has still got a long way to go.
Reporting by Committee ...
Senate Vote ...
House Vote ...
Signing by President

However, let's stay positive and hope that by some miracle this gets passed.
Good luck you all
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I think at the moment this bill has nothing to do with the 2013 match program as the visas are not being issued to those who want to take CS.
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Good

Good news.
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Update:

This bill has yet to take off, I agree with xpabhishek, this bill is LIKELY to get shot down if its even brought up within the senate within the next 12 months due to the presidential elections, and it directly leading to an increase in cost.

I guess the down fall has started as reported by USMLEontherun
, visas for CS aren't being issued (echoed throughout the online usmle community).


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But Any img doing residency in US will be very much willing to work in US only...
Serving the tax payee of US only..What makes the difference..
Any one who want to work outside US will not want to do Residency in US ..It cost more money and time..
Yes, but there lies typical cost associated with sponsoring of visas.

Also, it is law to hire foreign nationals ONLY after exhausting through citizens and residents. If there are qualified legal residents, they are given priority, but I guess PD's have lost it..
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its bad news
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This is something that most of us, IMGs, can look up to. This would definitely keep our hopes up. Thank you so much for the information.
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What is the status of residency positions in 2016 or 2017? Are the residency positions increasing since 2013 as they were expected?
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Is it actually working as mentioned?
It would really increase our chances then.
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