More doctors, please

State physician shortage underscored by university’s scholarship offer

One university in California has taken to offering full-ride scholarships to a handful of medical students in an attempt to address the state’s shortage of primary-care physicians.

The UC Riverside School of Medicine is offering full rides to five students who agree to practice primary care—rather than entering a more lucrative specialty field—in the surrounding community for five years after graduation, according to California Healthline.

Only 16 of California’s 58 counties have the number of primary-care physicians recommended by the federal government, while the Association of American Medical Colleges says 30 percent of California’s doctors are nearing retirement age.

The physician shortage could become more pronounced as millions of state residents gain access to health care under the Affordable Care Act.