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Here is an opportunity to provide actual data to the AAMC about workforce issues.

10th Annual AAMC Health
Workforce Research Conference

Finding the Right Fit: The Workforce Needed to Support the ACA
Call for Abstracts

The AAMC Center for Workforce Studies is currently soliciting abstracts related to health workforce research for presentations at the 10th Annual Health Workforce Research Conference, which will be held May 1-2, 2014 in Washington, DC. The theme of this year’s conference, which has broadened in focus to a health workforce meeting, is “Finding the Right Fit: The Health Workforce Needed to Support the Affordable Care Act”.

The AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference is the premier opportunity for researchers, educators, and policymakers to meet and discuss state and federal workforce issues.

Abstracts will be accepted online through January 10, 2014. Applicants are welcome to submit either individual abstracts or full panels of three to four related presentations. Abstracts not accepted for a panel presentation may be considered for a poster. The Conference Advisory Committee is particularly interested in research that informs physician workforce policy. Both quantitative and qualitative research will be considered.

Topics of interest include:

- Workforce Implications of New Care Delivery Models and Health System Redesign
- Health Workforce Supply and Demand (Physicians, NPs, PAs, allied health, other)
- Use of technology (e.g. telehealth, virtual clinics, email and phone visits)
- Rural/Underserved Communities
- Diversity and Health Equity
- Social Determinants of Health
- Interprofessional Education
- Productivity/Efficiency
- Health Workforce Pipeline
- Career Pathways
- State Workforce Studies
- Specialty Workforce Studies
- New/Innovative Uses of Data or Analytic Methods

For more information, visit the conference's Call for Abstracts page.

Abstracts will be accepted online through January 10, 2014 at http://aamcworkforce.abstractcentral.com/
 

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Central planning for our central planning. What could go wrong? We should invite Mr. Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev to speak, he has great experience with this.
Hopefully the ACA will be the debacle we need for the current generation to understand the fallacy of big government.
 

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Do they accept anonymous internet diatribes with no supporting evidence?
No but they do accept "evidence" from people with a direct dependence on departmental funding by taxpayers.
 

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We don't accept anecdotal reports! The sun is not hot, the sky is not blue, pathologists are not rampantly exploited, but Elvis lives and has left the building!
 

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Need a survey for fourth year residents. How many ATTENDING interviews have you gone on? Have you signed an ATTENDING job contract?
This I agree with. If a field's final year residents cannot be assured of an attending-level job immediately after residency, then the job market is a problem.

I also notice that the "open positions" posts are for mostly directorship positions, which precludes all recent graduates from applying since they lack experience.

The evidence put forward by the academic elite regarding a coming shortage flies in the face of the recent workforce survey and general atmosphere on this board. The fact that these studies are performed by those who have a vested interest in maintaining an oversupply makes these studies irrelevant, and worse than anecdote because they purport to be accurate and fair where they are not.

Given all of the complaining on this board, and how nobody has done anything about it, one should not be surprised to see maintenance of the status quo.

If you want to see change, donate $1000 each to hire KPMG or another firm to do a proper, publishable, economically rigorous workforce analysis knowing full well that the results might actually support the academics' position, however unlikely.
 
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A survey/report about the workforce from the CAP/academic pathologists is as reliable and informative as is a speech about Obamacare from Obama, opinion about food stamps from cigarette smokers, and the nightly "news" from the networks.

I like Substance's idea about having an outside consulting firm do the legwork who is capable of understanding the industry and marketplace dynamics. Big academia is so biased and insulated by their government handouts, they cannot be trusted unfortunately.
 

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There is a massive economic and political cabal that will maintain the status quo for resident training balance no matter the cost.

Expect things for new grads to only get worse with massive drops in reimbursement for Medicare services to dovetail with the new pushes by the Intellectual Left to massively expand resident training with an influx of off shore grads and foreigners. Only a massive expansion of licensed physicians will break the back of the AMA resistance to policies like a single-payor model and the end to fee-for-service, a truly despised free market element that is seen as the last barrier to Socialized Medicine.

This all on the backdrop of what is a total commoditization of our field that began in the post CLIA '88 era.

What the Nov 27th Guidance Announcement from CMS is on the Path schedule for 2014 is hypercritical now. If CMS shows a willingness to push reimbursement below costs for newer or more advancement testing, Pathology as a field is doomed.

The underlying goal of this is to utterly break the back of fee-for-service healthcare in this country. Once they impoverish providers and bankrupt for profit reference labs in this market, the political Left will essentially force healthcare to demand true Socialist nationalization of healthcare.

Indirect tactics such as benefit/cost redistribution under Obamacare appears to have failed so I have no doubt they will engage more direct and extreme measures to obtain their goals.
 

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There is a massive economic and political cabal that will maintain the status quo for resident training balance no matter the cost.

Expect things for new grads to only get worse with massive drops in reimbursement for Medicare services to dovetail with the new pushes by the Intellectual Left to massively expand resident training with an influx of off shore grads and foreigners. Only a massive expansion of licensed physicians will break the back of the AMA resistance to policies like a single-payor model and the end to fee-for-service, a truly despised free market element that is seen as the last barrier to Socialized Medicine.

This all on the backdrop of what is a total commoditization of our field that began in the post CLIA '88 era.

What the Nov 27th Guidance Announcement from CMS is on the Path schedule for 2014 is hypercritical now. If CMS shows a willingness to push reimbursement below costs for newer or more advancement testing, Pathology as a field is doomed.

The underlying goal of this is to utterly break the back of fee-for-service healthcare in this country. Once they impoverish providers and bankrupt for profit reference labs in this market, the political Left will essentially force healthcare to demand true Socialist nationalization of healthcare.

Indirect tactics such as benefit/cost redistribution under Obamacare appears to have failed so I have no doubt they will engage more direct and extreme measures to obtain their goals.
LADoc,
Are you suggesting that the number of residency positions will expand? Currently they are stagnant, and offshore and foreign grads are getting squeezed and will get squeezed even harder down the road.
 

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LADoc,
Are you suggesting that the number of residency positions will expand? Currently they are stagnant, and offshore and foreign grads are getting squeezed and will get squeezed even harder down the road.
I am not so sure residency positions will expand, particularly for specialists. I think what is more likely is the increasing expansion of permissions and such to allow non-physicians to provide more and more care (NPs, PAs mostly). More care from NPs and PAs is typically described as "efficient and cost effective" when in actuality the major reason is that they are paid less and have fewer responsibilities.