Map showing shortage of African American Health Care professionals

who's filling the health care shortage?

Primary care doctors are the main source of health care for most Americans. However, over the past 30 years, primary care doctors have consistently made up only about one-third of all physicians, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges’ report Why is There a Shortage of Primary Care Doctors?

The number of U.S. medical school graduates selecting family medicine as a career fell nearly 27 percent from 2002 to 2007.

However Meharry doctors, who are trained to value primary care as a career choice, did just that.

Remarkably, 60 percent of fourth-year medical students from Meharry’s 2011 graduating class selected primary care as their career of choice. A 2010 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine noted that Meharry is the fourth largest producer of primary care physicians in the nation.

“Meharry, since its founding, has been a leader in producing physicians to serve the real health care need of America,” said Charles P. Mouton, M.D., M.S., dean of the School of Medicine.

To date, Meharry has more than 6,000 alumni physicians and dentists practicing in the United States.