Physicians are more likely to practice in safety-net settings such as federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics and critical access hospitals if that is where they get their medical residency training, according to a study in the journal Academic Medicine. Researchers at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care said the data suggest training programs and funding entities should make these residency programs a priority to help reduce the shortage of family physicians in underserved areas.

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