Changes are needed to recruit and retain physicians in Rhode Island, local experts say

CHALLENGES BEYOND TRAINING: Dr. Michelle Cyr, right, associate dean for academic affairs at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, with third-year medical student Lizzy Tarr, sees many financial obstacles facing young physicians in Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/­Michael Salerno
CHALLENGES BEYOND TRAINING: Dr. Michelle Cyr, right, associate dean for academic affairs at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, with third-year medical student Lizzy Tarr, sees many financial obstacles facing young physicians in Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/­Michael Salerno

Inconsistent data about Rhode Island’s health care system could give anyone a headache. The Commonwealth Fund’s 2017 Scorecard on State Health System Performances found that Rhode Island has the nation’s fourth-best overall health care system performance. Yet, WalletHub’s recent “Best and Worst States to Practice Medicine” ranked the Ocean State No. 47, and according to

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