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Family medicine program going strong

August 2, 2006

Albany - When many people graduate from medical school, they walk away with their M.D., and a lot of debt. That debt may be one reason there is now a shortage of family medicine doctors.

Doctors can typically make more money in specialty fields, so that's where they chose to focus their talents. Phoebe's family medicine program works to recruit residents to the hospital. Director Dr. Sean Bryan says after they graduate, it's important they stay close. He says, "The more primary care providers there are, the lower the morbidity, mortality for the population is."

80% of graduates from Phoebe's family medicine residency remain in the state of Georgia, about 60% stay in Southwest Georgia.

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