Idaho ranks 49 in the country for the number of physicians per 100,000 people, 46 for primary care physicians per 100,000 people and 49 for the number of resident physicians per 100,000, according to documents provided by the Chamber.
The Chamber is asking that the state Legislature create more residency opportunities to attract more physicians to Idaho.
Rice reminded attendees of the new Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine that is scheduled to begin classes next fall.
The school, which is a partner with Idaho State University, is expected to start classes in fall 2018. It’s under construction at 1311 E. Central Drive in Meridian.
The new college will bring in increased residency opportunities to the area, Rice said.
The college announced last week it’s accepting applications from prospective students. The medical school has secured affiliations with 32 hospitals, medical centers and health care organizations for students to start rotations in 2020, according to a press release.
Areena Arora is the City of Caldwell reporter. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org