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Phelps Memorial Increases Number of Primary Care Doctors

The shortage of primary care physicians is well documented. Sufficient primary care capacity will be necessary to improve the health of communities through patient-centered care delivery.

Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow took steps to increase the number of primary care physicians by collaborating with Open Door Family Medical Centers and New York Medical College to establish a new accredited family medicine residency program to train medical school graduates to become well-rounded family physicians.

More than 100 physicians have volunteered to train the hospital's residents, and innumerable other healthcare professionals and community agencies participate in developing well-rounded community physicians who provide excellent primary care to increasing numbers of people, especially the under-served. Six family physicians will graduate annually, starting in 2015.