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Rural Health
News by Topic: Physicians

May 3, 2021 - Describes barriers to healthcare access in rural areas, such as hospital closures and physician shortages and the added impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights efforts to expand residency programs into rural areas and recommends new methods to recruit physicians and medical students into the rural healthcare workforce.
Source: Health Day
Apr 19, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the U.S. State Department changing the certification authority for alien physicians from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This rule is effective May 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 15, 2021 - Addresses the nationwide shortage of primary care doctors, especially in rural areas where it can be difficult to recruit and retain healthcare workers. Features Mark Deutchman, physician and director of the Rural Track Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, who discusses challenges to recruitment and how the program encourages medical students to work in rural primary care.
Source: Colorado Public Radio
Apr 9, 2021 - Describes how the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) helps fill healthcare workforce shortages in rural communities and focuses on recruiting physicians from underrepresented groups. Discusses socioeconomic and health disparities present in rural communities, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural healthcare, and the challenges of recruiting rural physicians.
Source: PBS
Apr 1, 2021 - Video report includes interviews with a doctor, a hospice and social worker, and a patient from different rural communities across the country. Discusses why palliative care is crucial in rural communities and addresses barriers to care.
Source: PBS
Mar 23, 2021 - Summarizes research from the University of Georgia that analyzed trends in medical school applications and matriculation between 2001 and 2015 and found that even though applications increased over time, applications from rural and remote areas dropped. Discusses socioeconomic factors that contribute to the decrease and recommends potential solutions to the doctor shortage in rural communities.
Source: University of Georgia