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Would More Residencies Help End The Physician Shortage?

Nevadans have been looking to a proposed medical school at UNLV to help solve the state’s physician shortage.

But some policy leaders think it’s just as important to create medical residencies that would draw students from other states, since, according to research, two thirds of medical students stay in the state where they complete their residency.

These programs aren’t cheap – according to the Las Vegas Review Journal they cost hospitals as much as one hundred thousand dollars per resident. Are more residencies needed in Nevada? And where does the state get the funds?

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John Packham, Director of Health Policy Research University of Nevada, Reno

Miriam Bar-on, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, University of Nevada School of Medicine

Angela Wilde, Howard University medical student