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Lawmakers Stand-Up for Michigan Patients, Work to Educate, Keep Physicians in Michigan

LANSING - President of the Michigan State Medical Society Kenneth Elmassian, D.O., today issued the following statement praising lawmakers' decision to fully fund graduate medical education (GME) in the upcoming budget, while exploring innovative approaches to increase the number of primary care physicians educated, trained and retained in Michigan:

"Patients and physicians alike can be proud that lawmakers are making public health a priority by helping keep new physicians right here in Michigan. Their decision today, led by State Senator John Moolenaar (R-Midland), to fully fund graduate medical education while focusing on ways to ensure Michigan patients have access to primary care physicians will improve access to quality health care across the state.

"After graduating from medical school, doctors must complete hands-on residency programs before obtaining their state license to practice medicine. This continuing education is an essential step on the path to a healthier Michigan. Physicians across the state look forward to working with the Governor and lawmakers to continue the state's support for graduate medical education so tomorrow's physicians can learn here, train here and stay here."

The Senate budget for the Department of Community Health approved today in committee restores GME cuts from executive budget recommendation; directs the Michigan Department of Community Health to work with state Universities on the creation of an innovative program to address the need for ambulatory based residency programs; and modifies medical loan repayments that will incentivize more medical students to choose to practice primary care in rural and underserved parts of the state.

Studies show that two-thirds of physicians who complete their residency in Michigan decide to practice medicine in the Great Lakes State.

The Michigan State Medical Society is a professional association of more than 15,000 Michigan physicians. Its mission is to promote a health care environment which supports physicians in caring for, and enhancing the health of Michigan citizens through science, quality, and ethics in the practice of medicine. Please visit for more information.


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