Doctors who offer online medical training say they will not accept a contract with a medical institution if it doesn’t allow them to accept patients in person.
Doctor John Bales, an orthopedic surgeon, told The Hindu that he will be retiring from teaching after completing his medical training at the University of Minnesota.
He said he will focus on training patients for surgeries at home.
Bales has been a practising physician in the state of Minnesota since 2010 and has performed more than 1,000 surgeries.
“I will be doing my postgraduate training and doing my own surgery in a way that is going to provide the best care that is available,” he said.
Bala said he was asked by the university to participate in an online training course for doctors.
“That is something that I am very excited about,” he added.
“The students are going to get trained, and they are going get paid for it.”
He said the university has agreed to pay for his medical education.
Bale has been teaching at the university for about 10 years.
The university did not respond to The Hindu’s request for comment.
According to a recent report by the US Census Bureau, more than one in three Americans, or 18.4 million, lack a degree in healthcare and other field.
The report said that one in four adults without a high school diploma or less was a physician.
The United States is the only developed country where the percentage of residents without a degree has grown in five years, from 2.6% to 3.2%.
In the UK, the percentage has increased from 1.7% to 2.4%.