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It’s his job to train physicians for the workforce, but Paul Roth says the state will continue to struggle with a shortage of doctors.
“New Mexico has a lot of challenges. We have a much older population with a stagnant birth rate, so demand for more intense medical care as we all age will increase. At the same time, the average age of physicians in New Mexico is much higher than the rest of the country. We know we have a doctor shortage and that it will only get worse.
“We have to do everything we can to address both the doctor shortage and maximize what nurse practitioners and other clinicians can do and produce more of those as well. We are going to the Legislature now to request an expansion in college of nursing.”