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Florida's medical schools growing, prospering

Miami Herald, April 22, 2010

These are boom times for Florida's public medical schools, with them most likely getting $1 million more from the state this year at a time budgets are being slashed. And the House unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that gives Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus its own MD program, adding some 250 medical students to the state roster. But analysts estimated that more than half of Florida's 800 or so medical school graduates do residencies in other states, significantly decreasing the chances of them practicing in Florida. With a cost of at least $20,000 a year for students, some lawmakers question any greater push to generate more state-educated physicians.