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Over the past several weeks, James L. Collins Catholic School has partnered with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service through the Egg to Chick program. Students patiently waited for their eggs to hatch while learning about the life cycle of a chicken.

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Through my many years of medical practice in this community and now as Chief of Staff at Navarro Regional Hospital, young people will sometimes ask me about a career in medicine. With the celebration of National Doctor’s Day on March 30th, I’m reminded how critical this role of mentor, educator and cheerleader for the practitioners of tomorrow suddenly becomes. This is especially true as we face the increasing physician shortage that is perhaps greater than any time in modern history. Recent estimates from the Association of American Medical Colleges indicate that the United States will see a shortage of between 60,000 and 95,000 primary care and specialty physicians by the year 2025.