Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 1838, was passed on the floor today with a vote of 71-0. This measure allows graduates of accredited, accelerated medical education programs to be licensed in California.
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This bill creates a pathway for more California physicians to practice in the state, while also providing qualified students of these programs to incur less debt.
“By creating a new pathway for students who have already demonstrated a high level of skill and understanding, we will begin to reduce the growing shortage of physicians in our communities,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “In addition, AB 1838 provides eligible students of accelerated programs, the opportunity to graduate with less debt.”
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it is projected that California will need over 8,000 additional primary care physicians by 2030. Student debt is also a problem that has plagued the medical profession, with one year of medical school costing between $12,000 and $82,000. AB 1838 takes advantage of innovative new programs to help address both of these issues.