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Idaho's Doctor Shortage Is Improving. Here's What's Helping

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Students from the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

 

Three years ago, the state of Idaho faced a severe physician shortage placing them 49th in the nation for primary care doctors per capita. 

In response, they implemented a ten-year plan to increase residencies for newly trained doctors in our state. Since then, Idaho has improved their standing by four places -- up from 49th to 45th when it comes to the number of primary care phyisicans. 

 

Dr. Thomas Mohr is the dean and chief academic officer of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine and joins Idaho Matters to talk more about what this improvement means. 

 

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Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.