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Explore: How many young doctors does your state retain after residency?

Desperate to persuade young doctors to settle in rural areas, medical schools, hospitals, and state legislators are getting creative.

Desperate to persuade young doctors to settle in rural areas — or just keep them from leaving the state — medical schools, hospitals, and state legislators are getting creative. They’re forgiving tens of thousands of dollars in loans, setting up mentorships, and recruiting med school grads with local ties in an effort to hold on to providers.

Convince a 30-year-old doctor fresh out of her residency to stay put, after all, and she could easily wind up delivering four decades of care in a needy community.

But on this crucial metric, some states are faring far worse than others. California, with an abundance of space and jobs

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