I don't have the source at the moment, but a recent study (reputable) delineated a very big shortage in medical specialists in general and physicians in particular. I have debated this issue with my colleagues for years, and it seems that the powers that be were either dead wrong, or simply lying to us. I will let you decide. In any case, with an aging population, MORE docotors in all fields will be needed. A shortage of thousands already exists ballooning to 50,000 by 2010. I think the numbers in the article are conservative. The bottom line: We all win! The population continues to age, and virtually every discipline stands to benefit, from nurses and PA's to seasoned specialists. I have dubbed this the great health care conspiracy. I believe PA's and nurse practitioners in particular stand to gain the most, as they will have to pick up the slack. There simply isn't enough physicians around to handle the patient load NOW! And it is getting much much worse without a meaningful increase in slots. These numbers include the influx of foreign grads as well. Thoughts?