The committee will also look at what health care fields are experiencing a shortage, and what can be done to beef up the industry before 2014.
About 87 percent of primary care physicians that go through residency in West Virginia stay in the state, Stover said. Just 11 percent of students who leave the state to complete their residency return to West Virginia, he said.
The state has no track record of recruiting out-of-state primary care doctors, he said.
The number of medical students going into primary care is also dropping, because they can make more money in other specialties, said Dr. David Avery, a representative for the state Academy of Family Physicians,
Avery recommended the state entice students to stay in West Virginia and specialize in primary care with loan repayment programs.
"We're looking to retain, recruit and educate primary care doctors," he said.
West Virginia also loses a number of its doctors to other states because of a lack of available fellowships, said Amanda Pasdon, GOHELP representative for the state Chamber of Commerce.
"They leave to do a fellowship and stay gone," Pasdon said.
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