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Rural Health
News by Topic: Recruitment and retention of health professionals

Apr 14, 2019 - Finances, regulations, and workforce shortages are challenging rural hospitals in North Dakota, where 5 are considered "essential at-risk," according to a recent study. The hospitals are big area employers and generate an economic benefit to their communities.
Source: Grand Forks Herald
Apr 1, 2019 - Doctor shortages in rural Oklahoma are making it hard to recruit staff for rural hospitals, contributing to hospital closures. State lawmakers introduced legislation that would provide a state income tax break for physicians practicing in rural Oklahoma, with some caveats.
Source: ABC Tulsa
Mar 29, 2019 - Legislation reintroduced to the U.S. Senate would extend the Conrad State 30 Program, encouraging international physicians to practice in rural and underserved areas after completing their residencies in the U.S. The program is currently slated to expire later this year; the Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act would extend it to 2021.
Source: Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar
Mar 19, 2019 - Radio interview with Mark Zellmer, a physician assistant and the lead hospitalist at Gundersen Tri-County, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Wisconsin. Discussion focuses on the work of this CAH, which will be using physician assistants to fully staff the hospital, including their PA fellowship program.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
Mar 19, 2019 - Highlights some of the challenges of rural emergency medical service (EMS) recruitment and retention and efforts by Dorchester County to address these issues and improve CPR performance, as well as their recent win as State Paramedic Champions.
Source: The Post and Courier
Feb 26, 2019 - Radio interview with Mike Shimmens, the Executive Director of 3RNet (National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network). Discussion includes the history and work of 3RNet and the importance of rural communities being able to recruit and retain physicians and other members of the health workforce, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
Feb 26, 2019 - Details the results of a survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) asking student members about their interest in family medicine or other specialties, their impressions of the level of respect and support family medicine receives at their institutions, and the impact of those perceptions on their specialty choice. The survey found that having faculty and mentors who are supportive of family medicine is a significant influence towards students choosing family medicine.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
Feb 18, 2019 - The Medical College of Georgia have approached state leaders about a plan to help pay tuition for doctors who serve in rural areas, expand by 50 students, and shorten its medical school to three years. Georgia ranks near the bottom in physicians per capital, and most of the underserved areas are outside metro Atlanta. This accelerated program could take advantage of the 500-600 new residency positions recently created and funded by the state.
Source: U.S. News and World Report