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July 7, 1975

Combat Zone: Residency Training

JAMA. 1975;233(1):61. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260010063028

Public Law 93-641 signed by President Ford on Jan 4, 1975, authorized the establishment of a network of health systems agencies in the several states. The primary function of these agencies is to promote and develop health resources and services in their regions through an orderly planning process. The law defines "resource" to include manpower as well as facilities.

In all likelihood, many of the individuals currently involved in manpower planning will become identified with the health systems agencies now being organized in their states. It is reasonable to expect that in states that have a low physician-population ratio, such as Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, and North Dakota, state governments will be urged to establish graduate medical training programs on the assumption that physicians are more likely to set up practice in the state where they served as residents.

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