A new University System of Georgia committee focused on boosting medical residencies in the state met for the first time this week. Its goal is 400 new residency slots to help address a shortage of thousands of doctors in the coming years in Georgia.
Meeting this week, a Board of Regents committee said the state needs to entice more hospitals to offer residency training for newly graduated doctors. Right now, the state does not have enough slots in its medical residency programs for students completing medical school. So hundreds of would-be doctors have to go outside Georgia to get the training they need. And then they’re much less likely to come back and practice in Georgia, where there is already a shortage of doctors.