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Sheps Center Studies Trends in Graduate Medical Education in North Carolina
The Program on Health Workforce Research & Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill's Cecil B. Sheps Center for Health Services Research has issued a new report that outlines trends in graduate medical education (GME) in North Carolina.
The analyses benchmark North Carolina against GME trends in national and neighboring states, investigate whether physicians remain in-state after finishing residency training, and provide an initial estimate of whether the state’s residency training programs produce physicians that practice in the specialties and communities where they are most needed. The document also reviews GME financing and decision-making policies and examines best practices in other states to inform future GME policy in North Carolina.
In addition, the report covers the role of NC AHEC in residency training in North Carolina. Residents who complete an AHEC residency are more likely to practice in-state, and are slightly more likely to practice in rural/underserved areas than those who complete a non-AHEC residency. (see Figure 8 below.)
The report was supported by the NC AHEC Program and a contract with the American College of Surgeons.