How Tennessee is Creating New Opportunities for Doctors Trained Outside the U.S.
This legislative session, Gov. Bill Lee made history by signing a bill that makes Tennessee the first state in the country to remove redundant medical residency requirements for top international doctors. By opening a new pathway for doctors trained outside the United States, HB1312 and SB1451, introduced by state Rep. Sabi Kumar and state Sen. Kerry Roberts, will help Tennessee address its growing physician shortage.
Most experts predict that Tennessee will be short 5,989 physicians by 2030, 1,107 of them primary care doctors. The new law will disrupt these trends and help Tennessee attract talented physicians from around the world to ensure the state has enough doctors to meet the demands of a rapidly growing population.