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Students rally to save medical program threatened by budget cuts

Residency Program Insider, April 29, 2016

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The Joint Medical Program (JMP) at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health may be shut down as part of an effort to cut $900,000 in expenses. Students and staff are speaking out and have launched an online petition to save their program.

The JMP, which admits 16 students a year, is noteworthy for the fact that a majority of its graduates go into primary care. In 2014, about 12% of medical school graduates nationwide went into primary care residencies. For JMP graduates, it was more than 50% from 1997-2004. California is projected to have a shortage of more than 8,000 primary care physicians by 2030.

Linda Anderberg, director of communications for the School of Public Health, said a decision has not been made to cut the JMP and the school is considering several options. A decision will be made in the summer and any cuts would not go into effect until 2018.

Source: KQED



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