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GAO Report: Medical residents concentrated in the Northeast, urban areas

Residency Program Insider, June 30, 2017

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From 2005-2015, the overall number of medical residents in the country grew by 22%, but the majority of that growth was in urban areas, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report. Nearly 23,000 new residency positions were in urban areas, while only 419 were in rural areas.

The highest concentration of residents was in the Northeast, where about 30% of residents train. This is despite the fact that the Northeast has the smallest percentage of the population compared to other regions. In 2015, the Northeast had 69 residents per 100,000 people, while the South had 31 residents per 100,000 people.

Source: U.S. Government Accountability Office



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