By tracking the career paths of physicians who completed residency sponsored by one Michigan institution, recent research showed how spending on graduate medical education (GME) in a specific state contributes to physicians practicing in that state.
Researchers tracked the career path of 2000-2014 graduates of 18 GME training programs sponsored by Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners for the study(www.jgme.org), which was published in the Oct. 1 issue of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. Slightly more than 40 percent of the 1,168 graduates who were tracked went on to practice primary care — defined as family medicine, internal medicine, internal medicine-pediatrics and pediatrics — which is consistent with the recommendation issued by the Council on Graduate Medical Education to support future workforce needs. Of these 476 primary care graduates, nearly 60 percent practiced in Michigan during their career.
Almost 88 percent of all physicians in the study who completed both their undergraduate and medical …
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