Number of Medical Residents Choosing to Stay in New Jersey Plummets: Teaching Hospital Survey

Fewer than one in three medical residents graduating from New Jersey medical schools said they intended to establish a practice in the state, according to a 2009 "Resident Exit Survey" prepared by the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals.

The results were direr than expected and have led the teaching hospital council to project a shortage of 3,250 physicians in the state, according to a press release on the survey and an accompanying Physician Workforce Task Force Report.

The percentage of residents choosing to leave the state — 62 percent — rose from 53 percent in 2008, according to the release.

"This year's exit survey is alarming," says J. Richard Goldstein, MD, president and CEO of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, in the press release. The fact that other states are providing better recruitment offers should serve as a wake-up call to New Jersey's policymakers and medical school leaders that they need to collaborate to solve the problem, he suggests.

Read the press release on the New Jersey Resident Exit Survey.

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