But more is needed, Ahmadi says. "We need stakeholders getting together and the federal government to draft a plan that radically re-engineers the process to attract students to medical schools and engage them to stay in primary care."
So he is excited about the federal grant and the physician residency work ahead at Danbury Hospital. Still, there are no guarantees that these physicians will stay in primary care. "But I have a 100% track record," he says, laughing, and referring to his last go-round of grants for primary care residents, who decided to stay in primary care.