Residency

News and briefs: Hawaii seeks funding to keep residency program afloat

Residency Program Insider, February 21, 2012

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Hilo (HI) Medical Center seeks additional budgetary funds to continue the family medicine residency program and address a lack of physicians staying on the island.

According to an article in the Hawaii Tribune Herald, the residency program—which has not had a class of medical residents since its inception in 2006—has survived with help from the Hawaii Island Healthcare Alliance and a grant from TriWest Healthcare Alliance.

Several legislators recently introduced a House bill they hope will be included as a line item in the state’s budget to help provide funding for the residency program. Program backers are hoping for $250,000 to provide greater care for island residents and combat the current trend of losing 134 doctors per year, according to the article.

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