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CoxHealth Fills All Residency Training Spots for Third Year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  Cox Hospitals have been at the forefront of patient care and training for a long time and now it seems that new medical school graduates agree.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  Cox Hospitals have been at the forefront of patient care and training for a long time and now it seems that new medical school graduates agree.

Match Day is what they call it but it is the annual tradition where medical school seniors learn where they will attend residency.

CoxHealth announced that for the third year in a row on Match Day that all slots in the physician residency program had been filled.

For 25 years, the Cox Family Medicine Residency Program has been the only physician residency program in the Ozarks, working to train physicians who will be at the forefront of patient care.

Filling all the slots is something that's been difficult for many primary care residency programs in recent years as medical school graduates have increasingly looked to specialty care as their calling.

Yet that tide may now be beginning to turn, and the CoxHealth program's fulfillment record is at the front of the trend.

Nationally, 2013 saw an increase in the number of medical school seniors who are choosing primary care residencies.

But the need is still great, and the shortage of primary care docs is a reality.

Studies indicate the U.S. will need an additional 52,000 primary care physicians by 2025 to keep up with expected health care demands.

"This year, we had 500 applicants to our program," said residency administrator Tonya Fisher. "This speaks not only to the increasing trend of medical school seniors recognizing the importance of serving as a primary care physician, but also to the strength of our program here at CoxHealth."

Another benefit of having a primary care physician residency in the Ozarks? Many residency graduates choose to practice medicine here, growing the number of physicians available to care for our friends and neighbors.

In fact, six of the eight residents graduating from the program this year have signed to work at CoxHealth.

"There is no question that CoxHealth's commitment to maintaining a quality residency program and training excellent family physicians benefits everyone in our region. Physicians educated here tend to stay here," said Fisher.
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