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AZ: AZCOM Contributes Largest Percentage of New Family Physicians in U.S.

September 15, 2009

by Karen Mattox

According to the September 2009 issue of Family Medicine Journal, graduates from MWU's Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine continue to comprise the highest percentage of all new family practice residents and practicing family physicians. AZCOM saw 27.1% of its graduates enter family medicine residencies in 2008, which is higher than all U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. AZCOM also had the highest percentage (32.8%) in 2007, (compiled in the 2008 report), as well.

The Family Medicine reports note that countries with primary care as the basis of the health care system have higher-quality, lower-cost health outcomes for the population overall. With a predicted future physician shortage, it is crucial for medical schools to graduate doctors interested in serving their communities in family practice or other primary care specialties. In Arizona, where the physician to population ration is lower than the U.S. average (207/100,000 compared to 283/100,000 nationwide), it is even more critical, especially in rural areas.

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