Idaho's Doctor Shortage - Residency Programs Offer Hope

Family Medicine Residency: Training New Doctors, Finding Solutions

Idaho has undertaken several initiatives to address the physician shortage in our state, but the majority of the state is still underserved. As Idaho doctors age and eventually retire, who will take their place?  If that question isn’t answered soon, the state could find itself in trouble, said Dr. Ted Epperly, CEO of Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. But Epperly and other leaders in the medical field see reason for hope.

“The problem’s getting worse, not better, primarily because of the aging of the physicians,” Epperly said. “I would say what’s getting better, though, is the awareness.”

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