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More La. medical students to leave state due to threat of budget cuts

About 49 percent of graduating medical students attending LSU Health New Orleans who participate in the National Resident Matching Program have made the decision to complete their training out-of-state, according to the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report.

“Fewer of our graduates are staying in-state this year than last, and some decisions to leave were driven by anxiety over continued cuts to both higher education and health care. This makes it increasingly difficult to retain our best and brightest, and we worry about what may happen in coming years if the bleeding doesn’t stop,” LSU Health New Orleans chancellor Larry Hollier said, according to The Business Report.

Last year, about 56 percent of the school’s graduates stayed in Louisiana.

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