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September 3, 2003

Practice Locations of Graduates of a Social Pediatrics Residency

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(9):1154. doi:10.1001/jama.290.9.1154-a

To the Editor: There has been an ongoing decline in the number of primary care physicians working in underserved areas.1,2 To help address this problem, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center initiated the Residency Program in Social Pediatrics (RPSP) in 1970. The goal was to train pediatricians who would possess the skills and willingness to practice in underserved communities and would remain in those settings for extended periods.3,4 We assessed the practice locations of all RPSP graduates who participated in the program between July 1970 and June 2002.