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Initiative Announced To Keep Doctors In Eastern Kentucky

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

It's a program designed to help train and keep doctors in eastern Kentucky after they finish medical school.

Officials with the University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, and Saint Claire Regional Medical Center announced the new initiative in Morehead Tuesday night

University of Kentucky officials say our state need hundreds, if not thousands more doctors to serve the commonwealth, particularly in rural areas like eastern Kentucky.

The announcement of a new rural physician medical program is designed to bring better care closer to home.

The new program will offer 10 students each year the chance to work hands on in a rural community.

“The goal is to expose them to rural medicine so when they finish school, they will want to come back into a rural community to practice,” MSU President Wayne Andrews said.

“Get them out to experience the community and learn from community physicians who are in non-urban areas in Kentucky,” UK College Of Medicine Dean Jay Perman said.

Jay Perman says rural doctors will create jobs and get people the prescriptions they need while putting money back into the community.

“If a physician commits to a rural area we make a difference in terms of health care and the other thing we make a difference to is the economy of the community,” Perman said.

The home of this new program, the Center for Health and Education will open to students in two years.

“They will start in this next year's class and spend two years on campus and then hopefully when this facility is finished they will be able to come over here to complete their degree,” Dr. Lee Todd said.

Along with St. Claire Medical Center, the new building will house a clinic for students to work hands on with people here in eastern Kentucky.

Ground breaking for the nearly 30 million dollar center for health and education building is expected in August and will be finished in about two years.

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