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SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA) — U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas joined local leaders and health care experts at the Northwest Arkansas Summit Monday, August 12, to discuss the shortage of physician residency positions in Arkansas.

After graduation, medical school graduates are required to complete residency training before they can practice medicine, but right now there’s a shortage of these positions nationwide.

Senator Boozman said due to this lack of availability, Arkansas is having a difficult time retaining the primary care and specialized care physicians who obtained their undergraduate degrees in the natural state. “The problem is, is once they get through with their basic training they have to do a residency program and we don’t have enough slots.”

According to Boozman about 50% of med-school grads are going out-of-state to complete their residency.

Full story (with video): https://www.nwahomepage.com/news/keeping-medical-school-graduates-in-arkansas/