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Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

For Medical Students

State bets loan forgiveness will keep grads from leaving

New Jersey's Senate Education Committee recently passed a bill that would forgive student loans for physicians who work in underserved areas of the state for at least 10 years, reports in a recent article. The committee hopes the measure will encourage physicians to stay in New Jersey after training and ease the state's physician shortage.

The bill is sponsored by State Sen. Robert Singer and based on recommendations from a 2010 report of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, which predicts the state will be short 2,800 family physicians and specialists by 2020 unless they make the state a more appealing place in which to practice.

"By providing these incentives we can attract more doctors to needed specialties and assure New Jersey residents aren't left with insufficient care," Singer said. The council's report cited loan forgiveness as a "top factor" physicians consider when choosing where to practice.

New Jersey is hoping to mimic the success experienced by New York, which started a loan-repayment program that awarded $11 million to physicians in needed specialties to repay school loans in exchange for a five-year commitment to work in underserved communities.

The AMA's graduate medical education (GME) financing resource Web page includes some of the other loan repayment options that are evailable to new physicians during and after their GME training.

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The AMA-MAS is guided by a nine-member governing council that includes three at-large members and one representative each from the AMA Medical Student Section, the AMA Resident and Fellow Section, and the Young Physicians Section. The AMA-MAS also maintains an ongoing liaison with national ethnic medical associations through the three positions reserved for the National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and the Association of American Indian Physicians.

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  • Promote workforce diversity and cultural competence in the profession
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