Indiana, like many other states, is in need of more health manpower, especially physicians. The cause of the shortage is not, in our case, a failure to provide adequate medical school opportunities. In the last decade the Indiana University School of Medicine has increased its graduating class by 51%, while in the same period the nationwide increase has been only 16%. Furthermore, Indiana is producing 2.5% of the nation's new physician graduates, a figure which matches its proportion of the total population. Yet, in spite of these efforts, shortages are becoming more acute.
Recent evidence reveals that barely over half of those who receive their medical education in Indiana establish a practice in the state. "In-migration" of graduates from other states has not matched the "out-migration" of our own graduates. These figures are not, however, unique to our state when compared with those of surrounding states, nor are they unique