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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Jose Nova
Project L/EARN Intern - 2003
Jose Nova
A Look at Physicians in High-Risk Specialties Retiring or Leaving New Jersey
Joel Cantor, Sc.D.
Distinguished Professor
E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Jose had been a Cook College student at Rutgers University, where he majored in Environmental and Business Economics and minored in Science, Technology and Society. He chose this major and minor combination because he feels that it will maximize his opportunities in the future.

Jose’s need for additional motivation and discipline to guide him towards the graduate school process was fulfilled as a result of his participation in Project L/EARN. He believes that his participation in this internship has brought him, “that much closer to being able to pursue graduate studies.” This experience has also served to reinforce his ultimate professional goal to work collaboratively on an executive board of a health care facility in order to insure that all people receive equal treatment and quality care.

During Jose’s Project L/EARN internship, he had worked with both Drs. Cantor and Brownlee at the Center for State Health Policy. Through this collaborative effort, one of the main findings yielded from their work, is that physicians in high-risk specialties (i.e.: anesthesia, OB/GYN) that face higher malpractice insurance premiums are significantly more likely to report plans to retire or leave the state of New Jersey than other specialties.

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