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Mich. program to train doctors for places that need more

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business
Posted: December 3, 2012 - 10:30 am ET

At least 85 physicians will be trained at five health centers, clinics and hospitals over the next four years under a new program to expand primary care in underserved areas. The program has been developed by the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority and the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The program was made possible through a $21 million, three-year grant funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also will provide funding for the physicians.

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"We have approval for three residency slots in family medicine, psychiatry and internal medicine for July 2013," said Dr. William Strampel, dean of MSU's osteopathic medical school.

"We hope to get approval for pediatrics, geriatrics and obstetrics in January or February. If not, we will start those programs" in July 2014. The school already sponsors more than 2,000 residents in hospitals across Michigan, including the Detroit Medical Center.

Chris Allen, CEO of the health authority, said many of the physicians will end up practicing in Detroit, helping community medicine for years to come.

The participating federally qualified health centers are Covenant Community Health Center, Detroit Community Health Connections, The Wellness Plan, Western Wayne Family Health Center and Family Medical Centers in Monroe.

Other training sites will include the DMC, Botsford Hospital and Garden City Hospital.

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