Short answer: no.
Reuters reported a study (article here) that the need for doctors will increase by a third by the year 2025. These demands vary depending on which state you live in, but we should be clear that we don’t have enough doctors now.
In response to a 2006 study that found that we need another 90,000 doctors by 2010, medical schools increased enrollments and four new medical schools opened. They needed to increase enrollments by 30% and increased enrollment by 10%. We have more students, but Congress needs to increase the amount of money available to pay for residencies, because without that more students will simply be applying for the same number of residencies.
If we do the simple math: need 30%, maybe getting 10% if Congress passes a budget to fund new residencies, it seems pretty clear that we need other professions and other countries to fill the gap.
- Medical School Applications, Enrollment Rise to Records – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Medical School Applicants, Enrollment Hit All-Time Highs (taxprof.typepad.com)
- The 10 Most Affordable Medical Schools in the U.S. (insidermonkey.com)
- Surge in Medical School Enrollment (hmsabc.wordpress.com)
- Record number of medical students but limits on future training, group says (chronicle.augusta.com)
- Medical school applications, enrollment reach record highs (bizjournals.com)
- Med school enrollments increase unexpectedly (triblive.com)
- Record numbers heading to medical school (cbsnews.com)
- Demand for doctors will grow as population in US ages (nbcnews.com)
- Girl, 8, is China’s youngest lung cancer case; doctors say pollution the cause (straitstimes.com)