The Doctor Shortage Is Worsening — Why?

Worldwide, most medical students are considering pivoting away from direct patient care

  • Medical students' mental health worries loom large. Concerns include study-life balance, financial pressures, medical misinformation, academic pressures, and concerns about future clinician shortages.
  • Three-quarters of medical and nursing students are concerned about misinformation.
  • The main alternate non-patient care career paths after medical school are in public health management, research, and business consultancy.


Choi J. 1 in 4 US Medical Students Consider Quitting, Most Don’t Plan to Treat Patients: Report. The Hill. Accessed January 19, 2024.

Elsevier Health. Clinician of the Future 2023 Education Edition. Accessed January 19, 2024.