The Shortage of Clinical Training Sites in an Era of Global Collaboration

Acad Med. 2016 May;91(5):615-7. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001129.


The increasing number of health professions students, coupled with a shift to ambulatory care and shorter hospital stays, has created a shortage of clinical training sites around the world. The authors present data on accreditation, quality, cost, and student indebtedness related to medical schools in the Caribbean-schools that some view as taking clinical training sites in the United States away from U.S. medical schools. Accredited medical schools around the world may benefit from considering a mechanism for global educational exchange to meet the challenge of clinical training.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation
  • Caribbean Region
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / organization & administration*
  • International Educational Exchange*
  • Schools, Medical / organization & administration
  • Schools, Medical / supply & distribution*
  • United States