Minnesota general surgeons. Where do they come from?

Rory L. Smoot, David R. Farley

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A downward trend in the number of graduates from U.S. allopathic medical schools applying for general surgery residency positions has raised questions about whether there will be sufficient numbers of general surgeons to meet future needs. Of particular concern are rural areas, which some studies have suggested will increasingly feel the effects of physician shortages because of the aging physician work force, increasing overall population, and aging patient population. Where physicians are educated and trained appears to have a significant effect on where they choose to practice. This article reports on a 2004 study of where practicing general surgeons in Minnesota went to medical school and did their residencies. According to the findings, the majority received their medical school and/or residency training in the Upper Midwest, and many have come from Minnesota's own medical schools and general surgery residency programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-48
Number of pages3
JournalMinnesota medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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