Connecticut officials fear medical school grads leaving

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials plan to look for ways to encourage new doctors to remain in the Constitution State.

A 2015 report shows only 19.1 percent of the state’s medical school graduates decided to remain in the state, ranking Connecticut 41 out of 50 states in new-graduate retention.

House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM’-oh-wits), next year’s expected Speaker of the House, says he and other legislators expect to convene a working group of experts in January to review issues surrounding doctor retention in the state and ways to help the medical industry.

Republican state Rep. Prasad Srinivasin (shrin-ih-VAH’-sin), the General Assembly’s only physician, says he’s seen firsthand that new doctors are turned off by Connecticut’s cost of living and medical malpractice laws. He had trouble recruiting another allergist at his practice.

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