Franklin Medical Center is working on a new rural residency program

FRANKLIN PARISH, La. (KNOE) — The Franklin Medical Center Board of Trustees recently approved a rural residency program with LSU Health Shreveport Monroe Family Medicine Residency. The program will provide two to four medical residents at Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro. Officials hope this program will help with retention in the region.

“Sometimes there are negative stereotypes to overcome. For others, it’s you know, the lack of a fast-paced lifestyle that they would prefer,” said Blake Kramer, administrator of Franklin Medical Center.

“We have four parishes in this corner of the state that are consistently ranked among the poorest in the nation,” said Terri O’Neal, director of LSU’s health program.

Salary is another factor that influences where residents live. “They don’t have the resources to find a doctor,” O’Neal said.

Kramer says rural hospitals provide a good work-life balance. In addition, there are advantages due to the absence of specialists. “You’re going to see things that you just don’t see anywhere else. These will be opportunities for these residents to perform these types of procedures and care for these types of patients here,” Kramer said.

Now work begins to fund the program through grants. This will begin once funding is secured, they hope to be in 2023.

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Ryan H. Bowman