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Tennessee state rep introduces bill barring medical schools from buying residency slots

Residency Program Insider, February 2, 2018

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Concerns over the possible advantage privately-funded medical schools have over taxpayer-funded medical schools have prompted Tennessee Rep. Matthew Hill to introduce a bill that would prohibit medical schools from purchasing residency slots from healthcare systems.

Hill said he was inspired by a conversation with the president of East Tennessee State University (ETSU), who mentioned the practice of private universities paying for residency slots. Hill is concerned that if gone unchecked, taxpayer-funded schools like ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine may eventually have trouble placing its students in residencies because they are unable to get into a bidding war with private institutions.

The bill’s introduction came as a surprise to ETSU, which was not aware of its existence until it was introduced. University officials have stated that they have unspecified concerns about the bill. During the 2017 Match, all 71 Quillen College of Medicine students successfully matched into residency programs

Source: Johnson City Press
 



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