Local medical school honored for graduates

By WEEK Producer

August 26, 2013 Updated Aug 26, 2013 at 10:43 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A local medical college is being honored for helping to produce more primary care physicians.

On Monday, the medical journal, Academic Medicine, announced that the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria was among the top 15 producers of primary care graduates in the u-s.

The school ranked number 11 out of 161 institutions studied.

The rankings were based on how many graduates in the school went on to be primary care doctors compared to the total number of graduates.

The university had almost 40% of its graduates go on to enter primary care.

Experts say the study is important because less and less graduates are entering primary care.

An estimated 52,000 primary care doctors will be needed by 2025 just to keep up with the demand.