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Japan to beef up medical training
AFAR
2/25/2004

According to a study by The Asahi Shimbun, 80 percent of municipal hospitals in Japan have been encountering increasing difficulty getting and keeping the services of physicians. The uneven distribution of doctors, with many in urban areas and few in rural areas, has led healthcare experts to introduce a new training system for emerging physicians. Medical interns will learn the basics of several different clinical departments in an effort to create doctors capable of dealing with a broad range of illnesses. It is hoped this will offset the effects resulting from the shortage of doctors in rural areas.

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