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Vol. 8 (2017)

Factors Influencing Family Medicine Resident Retention and Newly Graduated Physicians’ First Practice Location

December 7, 2017


The New Brunswick Medical Society states that New Brunswick has a shortage of physicians. This study examines retention of newly graduated family physicians from the Dalhousie University family medicine residency sites in New Brunswick from 2005– 2014, and factors influencing physicians’ choices of first practice locations. Approximately half of respondents remained in New Brunswick to establish their first practice. The majority who left New Brunswick to establish their first practice have not returned, whereas most who remained still practice in New Brunswick. Choice of first practice location was influenced by a combination of personal and professional factors. Reasons for leaving New Brunswick were predominantly personal.