We need doctors trained to treat superbugs

Many have heard of the rise of drug-resistant infections. But few know about an issue that's making this threat even scarier in the United States: the shortage of specialists capable of diagnosing and treating those infections.

Infectious diseases represent one of just two medicine sub-specialities that routinely do not fill all of their training spots every year in the National Resident Matching Programme; the other is nephrology. Between 2009 and 2017, the number of programmes filling all of their training positions for adult infectious diseases dropped by more than 40 per cent.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2019, with the headline 'We need doctors trained to treat superbugs'. Print Edition | Subscribe