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Franklin Medical Center working on a new rural residency program

The Franklin Medical Center board recently approved a rural residency program with LSU Health Shreveport Monroe Family Medicine Residency.
Published: Apr. 15, 2022 at 9:54 PM CDT
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FRANKLIN PARISH, La. (KNOE) - The Franklin Medical Center board recently approved a rural residency program with LSU Health Shreveport Monroe Family Medicine Residency. The program will provide two to four medical residents to the Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro. Officials hope this program will help with retention in the area.

“Sometimes, there are negative stereotypes to overcome. For others, it’s you know, the lack of the fast-paced lifestyle that they would prefer,” said Blake Kramer, the Franklin Medical Center Administrator.

“We have four parishes in this corner of the state that are consistently ranked the poorest in the nation,” said LSU Health Program Director Terri O’Neal.

Pay is another factor that influences where residents stay. “They don’t have resources to get a physician,” said O’Neal.

Kramer says rural hospitals do offer a nice work-life balance. Plus there are advantages due to the absence of specialists. “You’re going to see things that you simply don’t see in other places. Those are going to be opportunities that these residents have to perform those types of procedures and take care of those types of patients here,” said Kramer.

Now work begins to finance the program through grants. It will start once financing has been secured, they hope that will be in 2023.

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