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News by Topic: Recruitment and retention of health professionals

Small Town Doctors Having Big Impact on Rural Health
Dec 11, 2017 - Highlights the work of a doctor in a rural Oklahoma town to discuss the Oklahoma Medical Loan Repayment program and the Oklahoma State University rural residency program. Both programs are aimed at recruitment and retention of physicians in rural and underserved areas of the state.
Source: NewsOK
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Colorado Divide: In Rural Colorado, Doctors Are Retiring and Dying — and No One Is Taking Their Place.
Dec 10, 2017 - Details Colorado's high demand for physicians. In several rural counties, there is no hospital, and in some there isn't a clinic either, meaning long travel times for residents to access care. Where practices exist, they often have positions open for years because they are unable to recruit physicians. With older doctors reaching retirement age or passing away, this issue is poised to get worse. Includes county-level data on healthcare facilities and leading causes of death in Colorado.
Source: The Denver Post
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IHS: Request for Public Comment: 60 Day Notice for Extension of the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program Federal Register
Nov 20, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Indian Health Service (IHS) to continue collecting information as part of the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP). IHS seeks to collect professional, educational, financial, and general applicant information to help determine eligibility for loan repayment. Successful applicants receive loan repayment assistance in exchange for an initial two-year commitment to practice full-time in an eligible, often remote, IHS facility. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by January 19, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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Explore: How Many Young Doctors Does Your State Retain after Residency?
Nov 9, 2017 - Discusses the difficulty states face in trying to keep new doctors in state and in encouraging them to practice in underserved areas after they have completed their residencies. Also highlights data from a new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges tracking doctors and doctors-in-training by state.
Source: STAT News
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A Conversation with Davis Patterson, PhD
Oct 31, 2017 - Radio interview with Davis Patterson, the Director of the Collaborative for Rural Primary Care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP), Deputy Director of the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, and an investigator in the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies. Discussion includes rural health disparities related to access and outcomes, recruitment and retention, and the work of the Rural PREP program, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Avera e-CARE's Telehealth Services Work to Preserve Healthy Rural Hospitals, Communities
Oct 30, 2017 - Highlights Avera Health's telehealth service in South Dakota. Created 25 years ago to reduce burnout in physicians in the rural regions it was serving, the program provided peer support across five Midwest states. Now serving providers in 15 states, this system allows for quick pharmacy, emergency, and other specialty care from specialists and keeps patients in their own communities.
Source: AHA News
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A Conversation with Leslie Hall
Oct 24, 2017 - Radio interview with Leslie Hall, the Executive Director of the Michigan Rural EMS Network (MiREMS). Discussion includes the work of MiREMS and their cardiac resuscitation program, recruitment and retention of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals, and continuing education and leadership development, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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