Background: We sought to examine the characteristics of physicians who leave Georgia after graduating from a Georgia medical school.

Methods: Using the 2017 National Physician Compare data merged with the 2015-2016 Area Resource File, we compared the individual and practice location characteristics of physicians who went to medical school in Georgia and practice in the state to those who left.

Results: Less than half of physicians who had their medical school training in Georgia still practice here; those who leave are typically specialists practicing in older, affluent and less racially diverse counties.

Conclusions: Strategies to retain physicians in Georgia after their medical school training will go a long way to enhance Georgia’s physician-to-population ratios.

Keywords: Medical school training, shortage of physicians, medical schools in Georgia, physician practice locations, medical training policy

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