A shortage of mental health physicians could be alleviated under a program Governor Branstad announced today.
Iowa ranks 41st in the nation in the number of practicing psychiatrists. So the state will spend $4 million for new psychiatric residency programs at three Des Moines medical centers, Broadlawns, UnityPoint Health, and Mercy Hospital.
Branstad says Iowa educates a lot of doctors at U of I and at Des Moines University.
“But if they go and do their residency out of state, they tend to get job offers there and they don’t come back," Branstad said.