AHECSW was integral in the planning of a Primary Care Residency Consortium.  The current shortage of residencies in primary care and specifically, family medicine, coupled with the projected increase in need of primary care physicians, especially in rural areas and areas designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), results in unmet needs and potentially poor health outcomes.  Increasing residencies in primary care specialties and family medicine and locating them in rural or underserved parts of the state addresses this problem in several ways:

  1. Residents practicing in underserved communities provide much needed access to healthcare for members of the community.

  2. When physicians spend their residencies in rural settings, they are much more likely to settle in those communities to build their practices.

  3. Increasing residencies in primary care specialties creates more opportunity for graduating medical students to practice in those specialties.

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