Business & Policy

Medical school pushes plan for more doctors in rural Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – One of Georgia’s medical schools wants to embark on a plan that could put dozens of new doctors in rural parts of the state. Medical College of Georgia wants a program that would help pay tuition for doctors who serve in rural areas, where there’s a need for more physicians, The Augusta Chronicle reported . Under the proposal, the Augusta institution also would expand by 50 students and shorten its medical school to three years. The initiative is “the biggest thing we’ve done since 1828,” Medical College of Georgia Dean David Hess said. That’s the year the school was founded.

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AAFP News | Researchers Calculate Medical School Production of FPs — More Family Physicians Could Crush Primary Care Shortage

Study researchers concluded that although the number of U.S. medical school graduates matching to family medicine residency programs has increased in the past decade, the increase has been modest, with just 12.6 percent of combined allopathic and osteopathic graduates entering an ACGME-accredited family medicine residency program.

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Inside the numbers behind the record-setting 2019 Match

Brendan Murphy \ News Writer \ American Medical Association – Friday marked Match Day, a life-defining event for thousands of medical students.The 2019 Main Residency Match was larger than any that preceded it, according to the National Resident Match Program (NRMP). The total record-high 38,376 applicants submitted program choices for 35,185 positions.The number of available first-year (PGY-1) positions rose to 32,194, an increase of 1,962 (6.5 percent) over the prior year. That increase in opportunity reflects the growth in the number of osteopathic programs joining the Main Residency Match as a result of the ongoing transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) programs.

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