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News and briefs: States make efforts to retain physicians, reduce shortage

Residency Program Insider, December 27, 2011

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States ranked near the bottom of a recent in-state physician retention study are employing methods to reverse the outward flow of medical professionals. According to a recent article in American Medical News, measures are being taken by hospitals, state legislatures, medical schools and medical societies to address their local physician shortage problems.

Iowa ranks 44th in U.S. physicians practicing in the same state they completed graduate medical education. The Hawkeye State recently developed a nationwide database of state-connected physicians that is used in primary recruitment efforts. Iowa has also installed a mentoring program for residents, who are matched with physicians currently practicing in-state.

In-state retention of physicians who finished GME in the same state ranges from 28.3% in New Hampshire to 71.3% in Alaska, with the national retention rate at 48%.

To see the rest of the article, as well as data on all 50 states and Washington, DC, click here.



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