U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Jon Tester introduced the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act. This bill will address the issue of doctor shortages and bolster the successful Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education program, which trains physicians in community based settings.
“In clinics and health centers in Aroostook County, Maine’s northernmost county where I grew up, I frequently hear stories about the severe shortage of physicians forcing Mainers to travel many miles simply to seek medical care,” Senator Collins said. “For the past eight years, one program, the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education Program, has worked to fill these gaps.”
The program has produced results Nationwide. 632 new primary care physicians and dentists have graduated and entered the workforce since the program has started.
The Penobscot Community Health Care Center in Bangor has trained 34 residents and has served more than 15,000 dental patients since 2011.
By 2030, the United States is projected to need 120,000 physicians to meet the growing demand for health care services across the country.