There is a projected overall national shortage of 160,000 physicians by 2020. Indiana remains one of the ten most physician-deficient states in the country, predicted to be short by 5,000 doctors. Also, there is a critical lack of primary-care physicians, with our nation needing forty percent more by 2020. By then, Indiana will be short 2,000 primary-care physicians. 1
“Over the past three years, Indiana University’s medical school has increased its class size to 330 from 280. Plans originally called for the class to grow by 40 more students, but cutbacks in state funds have forced the school to consider scaling back plans,” Dean D. Craig Brater said. “We agonize every year that we have to say no to a number of students that we know will make good doctors. This means that there are going to be more opportunities for more of our kids to get into medical school.” 2
1 “Indiana’s Health Professions Workforce Shortages & Maldistribution,” McKeag, et. al., Indiana University Healthcare Reform Study Group, October 2007.
2 “Marian will add medical school,” article by staff reporter Shari Rudavsky, published on front page of the Indianapolis Star, January 15, 2010.