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Medical training funds in limbo

Published 9:21am Tuesday, April 17, 2012

By Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio News

University of Minnesota Medical School officials and clinic administrators throughout Minnesota say the state will find it difficult to retain young doctors without continued government support.

State and federal funds pay most of the training costs for doctors. But in reaching a budget deal last summer to resolve the state government shutdown, Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders slashed training funds from about $58 million to about $31 million.

Health leaders say it’s important to restore the funding because to have enough doctors, Minnesota must train its own.

Every year, about half of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s students stay in Minnesota for their residencies. This year, about 100 university graduates were placed in residency positions in Minnesota hospitals and clinics.

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