Medical school graduates leaving Missouri over lack of residency slots

Missouri has a mismatch in the number of medical residencies available relative to the number of medical school graduates the state’s schools are producing. That has led to the state becoming a net exporter of medical school graduates, with the vast majority of students who attend medical schools in Missouri leaving the state after graduation.

On average, about 21 percent of students who graduate from Missouri medical schools stay in the state, according to a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

As medical students school enrollment in the U.S. has increased, the number of residency slots in Missouri has not kept pace.

Now, organizations and state lawmakers are trying to address the issue. The Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Healthcare Workforce Coalition are advocating for increased funding for residencies.

Read more: Columbia Missourian

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