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News by Topic: Graduate medical education

Sep 11, 2023 - Describes a program with the University of South Dakota and a rural health system to educate their medical residents and students on rural healthcare. Students along with first responders, doctors, and other healthcare workers gather at a farm and use simulations to learn about common injuries and traumas.
Source: Siouxland Proud
Aug 28, 2023 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revising the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals for fiscal year 2024. This rule also makes changes related to Medicare graduate medical education (GME) for teaching hospitals and payment policies and the annual payment rates for inpatient hospital services provided by long-term care hospitals, among other things. This rule also includes updates to the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation. These regulations are effective October 1, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 16, 2023 - Describes the state of healthcare access in Arkansas. Discusses healthcare workforce distribution, pharmacies, rural health disparities, telehealth, mobile clinics, residency programs, and Medicare reimbursement.
Source: Arkansas Money & Politics
Aug 10, 2023 - Highlights the physician shortage in Texas and efforts by Texas universities to reduce that shortage by training Texas residents. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center focuses on rural physician distribution through rural residencies. Notes that students that do their residency in Texas have an 80% likelihood of staying in Texas to practice.
Aug 10, 2023 - Discusses efforts to increase the rural surgeon workforce through rural focused residencies in South Dakota. All residents that have graduated from the program have chosen to practice in rural areas.
Source: American Medical Association
Aug 10, 2023 - Describes challenges for rural colleges and universities, discussing closures, decreasing enrollment, and more. Highlights Kentucky's University of Pikeville, a rural university defying national trends. University officials and education experts cite the University's medical school one reason for their success, noting that the University is a leader in producing rural practicing physicians.
Source: WBUR
Aug 3, 2023 - Profiles a student's experience in a rural clinic as part of the Rural Underserved Opportunities Program, a multi-state collaborative at the University of Washington for medical students. One notable difference of this program is that it puts medical students in a clinical setting earlier than is traditional.
Source: Magic Valley
Jul 26, 2023 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded nearly $11 million to 15 awardees to establish new residencies in rural communities. Notes that 70% of HRSA's Health Professional Shortage Areas are in rural locations. These funds aim to strengthen the rural healthcare workforce by training doctors in rural locations with an eye toward retaining them in rural locations.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jul 24, 2023 - Choctaw Nation created a family medicine residency program in rural Oklahoma in order to address the rural physician shortage. Because residencies are typically in urban areas, physicians are more likely to practice there after completing their residencies. Highlights the history of the physician shortage and efforts by the Center for Rural Health at Oklahoma State University to establish rural residency sites.
Source: KOSU, NPR