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Cost of cutting UC Berkeley program? Desperately needed doctors
The Mercury News

UC Berkeley’s plan to close a $150 million budget deficit has created great uncertainty across campus — and perhaps nowhere more than at a unique medical school program that mints some of the country’s most desperately needed doctors: primary care physicians.

The possible shuttering of the nearly 40-year-old Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program — which trains physicians for three years before they begin their clinical rotations at UCSF — comes as the state desperately seeks doctors to treat millions of Californians newly covered as a result of the Affordable Care Act.