Sending Office: Honorable Terri A. Sewell
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Cosponsor the Bipartisan Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019

Reps. Terri A. Sewell and John Katko

Current Cosponsors: Rodney Davis*, Xochitl Torres Small*,
Bera, Bonamici, Boyle, Clarke, Cohen, DeFazio, Engel, Espaillat, Fitzpatrick, Foster, Harder, Hastings, Higgins, Katko, Kelly, Khanna, King, Krishnamoorthi, Sean Patrick Maloney, Norton, Panetta, Pascrell, Payne, Raskin, Kathleen Rice, Rouda, Rush,
Schakowsky, Schiff. Suozzi, Tonko, Torres Small, Turner, Watkins, Wild, Zeldin

Supporting Organizations: American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons, National Medical Association, Greater New
York Hospital Association, Healthcare Association of New York State, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Elsevier Clinical Solutions, National Hispanic Medical Association, Federation of American Hospitals, Alliance for Academic Internal
Medicine, Alliance of Specialty Medicine, AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, America’s Essential Hospitals, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, American Academy of Hospice
and Palliative Medicine, American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Association
for Anatomy, American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Board of Medical Specialties, American College of Academic Addiction Medicine, American
College of Cardiology, American College of Clinical Pharmacology®, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Osteopathic Internists, American College of Physicians, American College of Radiology, American College of Surgeons,
American Gastroenterological Association, American Geriatrics Society American Orthopaedic Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Society for Clinical Pathology, American Society for Reproductive Medicine,
American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Urological Association, Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine, Association of Academic
Physiatrists, Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, Association of Pathology Chairs, Association of Professors of Dermatology, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, Children’s Hospital Association, College of
American Pathologists, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Illinois Health and Hospital Association, Medical Group Management Association, National Association of Spine Specialists, Premier Healthcare Alliance, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Society
for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society for Vascular Surgery, Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Society of General Internal Medicine, Society of Neurological Surgeons, The Academy for Professionalism
in Health Care, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Vizient

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to cosponsor the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019. Our bipartisan legislation would help alleviate the physician shortage by phasing in a total of 15,000 new residency slots over the next five years.

This week, medical students across the country will celebrate their “match” into physician residency programs.  Too many of their peers, however, will be left without a residency due to the gap between students applying and resident physician positions available.
Equally as troubling, our Nation’s healthcare system is facing a
projected shortage
of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030. As our population grows older, the demand for physicians and other medical professionals will only increase. Since it takes up to 10 years to train a doctor, we need to address this shortage now.  

Teaching hospitals and academic medical centers rely on support from Medicare’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program to train physicians. The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 calculated direct graduate medical education (DGME) and indirect medical education
(IME) payments based on the number of trainees in 1996 and capped the number of residency slots accordingly. Training physicians has long been the shared responsibility of medical schools, teaching hospitals, and the Medicare GME program, but this cap on residency
slots limits our ability to keep pace with demand in the healthcare system today.

Congress needs to fix this bottleneck in our Nation’s physician training pipeline by increasing the   number of available residency slots. This is why we urge your support of the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, which would add 3,000 new GME residency
slots per year for the next five years. Additionally, our legislation requires the Comptroller General to conduct a study and analysis on strategies for increasing the number of health professionals from rural, lower income, and underrepresented minority communities.

If you need additional information or would like to cosponsor the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019, contact Hillary Beard (Rep. Sewell) at or Jennifer Wood (Rep. Katko) at


Terri A. Sewell                                                John Katko

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

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