Medical residents reduced over funding change

Both Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System are reducing their number of residents because of funding changes.

At the Quillen College of Medicine, the dean tells us because of the lack of funding, hospitals nationwide are tightening back on those positions.

Dr. Kenneth Olive says between the two hospital systems, they're looking at about 50 resident positions being reduced.

We're told no students in the program now will be affected, but the cuts will leave less spots for incoming students. "No resident who is currently in our program will be affected by the cuts. It just means we'll be able to bring in fewer new ones in. It also means there will be fewer opportunities for our students to stay here for their residency training," says Dr. Kenneth Olive, the Interim Dean of Medicine.

Dr. Olive says the resident reduction will take place over a period of three to five years.

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