How Can We Produce More Rural Practitioners?

A major problem for the US (if not so much for New Jersey) is a dearth of rural physicians. Several predictors of rural practice are identified: growing up in a rural area, planning to pursue rural medicine and/or family medicine, attending medical school near or in a rural area, and participating in a rural program in medical school. It is likely that similar attributes may predict physicians who care for the urban under-served. — Laura Willett, MD

Rabinowitz HK, Petterson S, Boulger JG, Hunsaker ML, Diamond JJ, Markham FW, Bazemore A, Phillips RL.,Medical school rural programs: a comparison with international medical graduates in addressing state-level rural family physician and primary care supply.,Acad Med. 2012 Apr;87(4):488-92.

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Rabinowitz HK, Diamond JJ, Markham FW, Santana AJ.,The relationship between entering medical students’ backgrounds and career plans and their rural practice outcomes three decades later.,Acad Med. 2012 Apr;87(4):493-7.

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Baker HH, Pathman DE, Nemitz JW, Boisvert CS, Schwartz RJ, Ridpath LC.,Which U.S. medical schools are providing the most physicians for the Appalachian region of the United States? ,Acad Med. 2012 Apr;87(4):498-505.

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