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Committee on Manpower of Pulmonary and Critical Care Societies : A Report to Membership

Susan K. Pingleton, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Kansas City, KS
 ,  Dr. Pingleton is a Professor of Medicine and Director, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center.

Correspondence to: Susan K. Pingleton, MD, FCCP, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS 66160; e-mail: spinglet@kumc.edu



Chest. 2001;120(2):327-328. doi:10.1378/chest.120.2.327
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For 20 years, multiple manpower studies have proclaimed the existence of a physician surplus. In 1976, the Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee (GMENAC) predicted a 22% physician surplus by 2000.1 In the early 1990s, the Committee on Graduate Medical Education not only predicted a physician surplus, but they warned of a maldistribution of primary care and specialty care physicians.2 Generalists would be in short supply, but a dramatic oversupply of specialists would exist by the year 2000.

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