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A shortage of residency and internship positions is forcing many newly graduated doctors to leave Texas.
That’s according to Dr. Ben Raimer at the UT Medical Branch in Galveston. When they graduate from medical school about half of them move out-of-state. Raimer says the 200-thousand dollars the state spends to educate them becomes a lost investment. He says public and private hospitals need to create more residency positions to attract more doctors. He says the population of the Dallas/Fort Worth area is expected to double by 2040. Without more internship positions it’s going to create a critical doctor shortage.