Nineteen residents who rotated to Coos Bay have finished
residency. Seven of these residents (37%) are now
practicing in a rural setting, one of whom is in the
Indian Health Service and five of whom are practicing
general surgery in a town of 50,000 people or fewer.
There have been 27 graduates of the residency who rotated
in Grants Pass. Of these graduates, ten (37%) are
currently practicing in a rural setting. Of these ten,
two are practicing in Grants Pass.
Throughout this same period, only 4% of OHSU general
surgery residents who did not take part in the rural
program are now practicing in a rural community. This
statistic shows the importance and success of rural
residency programs for the recruitment and retention of
Residents at Grants Pass log around 500 cases during that
year, which is more than twice the caseload of a typical
residency year. Residents who rotate for six months in
Coos Bay log about 250 cases, with the same case
distribution. As a result of their volume of cases and
vast amount of experiences, these residents are able to
independently, competently, and confidently transition
into their chief year of residency.
In summary, residents are more likely to enter general
surgery practice and serve in a community of fewer than
50,000 people if they participate in the rural program
than residents in the OHSU program who do not participate
in the rural program.
For more detailed results:
Deveney, K., Jarman, B.T., & Sticca, R. (2015).
Responding to the Need for Rural General Surgery Training
Sites: A How-To. American College of Surgeons
Bulletin, 100(4), 47-50.
Deveney, K., Deatherage, M., Oehling, D., & Hunter, J.
(2013). Association between Dedicated Rural Training Year
and the Likelihood of Becoming a General Surgeon in a
Small Town. JAMA Surgery, 148(9), 817-821.