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Institute Snapshot on Training Preferences of U.S. MDs Post-Dobbs Garners Major Media Attention

Dec. 13, 2023
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The AAMC Research and Action Institute’s data snapshot, “Training Location Preferences of U.S. Medical School Graduates Post Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health,” has been consistently cited in major media reporting on reproductive and maternal health care policy as states continue to implement restrictive policies that hinder physicians’ ability to care for patients. The snapshot, published in April 2023, examines the training location preferences of U.S. medical school graduates in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs decision, which overturned the constitutional right to an abortion.  

NBC News and CBS News are among the most recent to showcase the institute’s snapshot, highlighting 2020-2022 state residency application data. The snapshot finds that states with complete bans on abortion had a greater decrease in the number of U.S. MD senior applicants across specialties compared to states with gestational limits or no restrictions. In particular, there was a 10.5% decline in OB-GYN applicants in states that banned abortion.   

The snapshot has also been previously cited in other major media including STAT, USA Today, KFF Health News, and the Washington Post, among many others.  


In addition to the institute’s work, the AAMC has also published a collection of up-to-date resources and information for academic medicine clinicians and educators facing increasingly restrictive state legislation in reproductive health care, including supplemental residency training programs, data reports, webinars, and toolkits, and published literature. 

The institute will continue its role as a leader in health policy by providing essential data and research on a wide range of health policy issues for policymakers, media, and the general public.