Where are North Carolina Medical Students Five Years Later?
Of the 436 NC medical school graduates from the class of 2012, 1% (4 physicians) were in practice in primary care in rural NC five years after graduation. All four were family medicine physicians who graduated from a public medical school: two each from East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. NC's public medical schools consistently retain more graduates in-state and in primary care than private medical schools.
North Carolina is a national model for tracking annual workforce outcomes of its medical school graduates. The Sheps Center and NC AHEC have collaborated on this project since it was legislatively mandated in 1993. Results were featured in an article in the
New England Journal of Medicine
. Increasingly, the North Carolina General Assembly has been interested in the workforce outcomes of physicians trained in North Carolina to better evaluate the return on investment of state funds.