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News and briefs: Minnesota funding jeopardizes residencies, physicians

Residency Program Insider, April 24, 2012

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One year after the state cut $27 million in funding for physician training, health leaders in Minnesota are urging the state to restore funding to ensure the number of physicians staying in state does not plummet. There is still a chance the legislature restores some funding before it adjourns this spring, but a group program administrators at the University of Minnesota are worried about the overall sustainability of the programs without the restoring of funds, according to a Minnesota Public Radio News online article.

Approximately half of graduating students at The University of Minnesota Medical School stay in state for their residency, according to the article. With many physicians set to retire in the near future, more than two dozen counties with significant primary care physician shortages already and state subsidies that pay for teaching hospital programs slashed, teaching hospitals are at risk in the short- and long-term future in Minnesota.

Lawmakers are expected to decide on whether or not to restore some or all of the cuts in the next few weeks.

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