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The Augusta Chronicle, Zach Boyden-Holmes, Associated Press
In an Oct. 13, 2010 photo, a LifeNet helicopter brings a patient to the shock trauma unit at Georgia Health Sciences University, formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Ga. While Gov. Nathan Deal is pushing to boost state funding for cancer research and medical residency slots in Georgia, his proposed budget would deepen previous cuts to the state’s largest teaching hospital outside Atlanta.

As Gov. Nathan Deal says he wants to boost the number of post-graduate medical residents in Georgia, the Augusta medical school that trains 20 percent of the state's future doctors is facing budget cuts. Those cuts could force reductions to its program.

The governor's midyear budget proposes $583,000 in cuts to the Augusta hospital and clinics of Georgia Health Sciences University. The school's president, Dr. Roberto Azziz (ah-ZEEZ), says the money helps offset the cost of training more than 400 residents a year.

Meanwhile, Deal is pushing for $1.2 million in funding to lay the groundwork for adding 400 residents at other Georgia hospitals. The state has so few slots that most of its medical school graduates do their resident training in other states.