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Health Education Series Continues at the Bristol Public Library: Overview of physician training by Dr. Raymond Feierabend

August 05, 2013

Part Four of the Health Education Series at the Bristol Public Library will be at 7 PM on August 8th in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. An overview of physician training will be presented by Dr. Raymond Feierabend. Dr. Feierabend is a faculty member of the Quillen College of Medicine and director of Bristol Family Residents Program.In the last twenty years, physician training has changed as colleges and post-graduate programs prepare doctors for the changes in delivery of healthcare and the demands of a burgeoning population in need of care. Some observers are saying that the training of physicians is not changing fast enough and the shortage of doctors is a serious threat to the healthcare structure of the nation. The American Association of Medical Colleges estimates that by 2015 the shortage of doctors across all specialties in the United States will be more than 60,000 physicians. By 2025 that estimate grows to 130,000 physicians. As a medical educator, Dr. Feierabend sees firsthand what is happening. He will detail what it takes to become a licensed physician in the United States, the debt load medical students take on to complete their training, the difference between a Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and if we really do have a shortage of physicians or too many specialists. He will also discuss the impact “Obamacare” will have on the availability of physicians. At the end of his presentation, there will be a question and answer period.

The Health Education Series at the Bristol Public Library is the second Thursday of each month at 7 PM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. The Series is a partnership of the Bristol Family Residency Program of the Quillen College of Medicine and Wellmont Health Systems. All events of the series are free to the public.