A recent study found Virginia retains only 35 percent of its medical school graduates and ranks 31st among other states in retaining doctors.Some feel incentives might work:
In 2008, Virginia spent more than $50 million from the general fund to support medical education and had nearly 600 new physicians graduate from Virginia's four medical schools.
Despite this, Virginia still struggles to retain medical graduates, with less than 25 percent of Virginia's physicians graduating from medical schools in the Commonwealth.
I'm not so sure.
Dr. Greenawald says other states including North Carolina have incentives to keep medical students in state. He hopes Virginia considers following suit. Dr. Greenawald also said the over burden of paperwork and insurance company oversight have taken doctors away from what they love doing which is providing care to patients. He said that's prompted many doctors to retire early.
Until more medical students feel primary care is worth the effort, the mass exodus to specialties (and the out-of-state training that is often required) will continue.