Georgia's Coliseum Medical Center, Mercer University partner for residency program

Macon, Ga.-based Coliseum Medical Center will partner with Macon-based Mercer University for a residency program that will house 100 residents by 2020.  

The program will nearly double the amount of residencies in mid-Georgia, Mercer President Bill Underwood told The Telegraph. Macon-based Navicent Health has 130 resident spots.

The program hopes to increase Georgia's physician retention, as only 52 percent of residents return to the state after completing out-of-state residencies, Mr. Underwood told The Telegraph. In comparison, 90 percent of Mercer graduates stay in Georgia after completing in-state residencies.

Fourteen residents will begin the program in July 2017.

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