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News and briefs: GA may increase residency number s across state, but cut main hospital?s budget

Residency Program Insider, February 7, 2012

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is proposing cuts to the state’s largest teaching hospital, but additions to the number of medical residency slots throughout the state.

According to a recent article in the online publication, The Republic, Deal proposes a $583,000 reduction in state funding to the hospital and affiliated clinics of Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly medical College of Georgia) in Augusta as part of his midyear budget proposal. In a separate budget proposal, the governor also wants to allot $1.2 million to expand the number of residency slots by 400, spread out to smaller programs across the state to encourage more physicians to stay in-state.

Members of the teaching hospital say the continual cutting of state funding to the teaching hospital is troublesome, stating cuts are at about $8.5 million, or 23%, – since 2002, and the proposed cuts could eliminate seven or eight residency spots at the institution.

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