Rural Project Examples: Graduate medical education
OHSU Rural Surgery Training
Updated/reviewed August 2021
- Need: General surgeons are needed in rural communities.
- Intervention: Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is sending residents to complete a general surgery rotation in rural southern Oregon.
- Results: 38% of the graduates of the rural residency program are now practicing in a rural setting. The residents remain more likely than other OHSU residents to enter general surgery practice and to serve in a community of fewer than 50,000 people.
Other Project Examples
Hawai'i Island Family Medicine Residency
Updated/reviewed December 2021
- Need: Hawai'i is experiencing a huge shortage of family medicine physicians.
- Intervention: The Hawai'i Island Family Medicine Residency (HIFMR) program uses an interprofessional team-based approach so residents learn how to care for many types of patients in different healthcare settings.
- Results: Since 2017, HIFMR has graduated a class of 3 to 6 Board-certified family medicine physicians annually. Most graduates have remained in the state to practice medicine; those who have left have entered fellowship programs and plan to return to Hawai'i Island to practice.
FORWARD NM Pathways to Health Careers
Updated/reviewed November 2021
- Need: New Mexico's southwestern counties of Hidalgo, Catron, Luna, and Grant have experienced chronic shortages of primary care providers. New Mexico has the oldest physician population in the country.
- Intervention: A comprehensive workforce pipeline program, including programming for middle and high school students, undergraduate and graduate students, primary care program students, and medical and dental residents.
- Results: The program reaches over 1,000 school-aged students throughout the service areas and hosts students in a variety of healthcare related programs for rural rotation experiences. It has also gained partnership with the HMS-Family Medicine Residency Program since 2013 and designation as an Area Health Education Center (AHEC) since 2012.
Targeted Rural Health Education Project
Added November 2021
- Need: Dual platform to both teach health literacy principles to health professions students and disseminate health information to rural populations.
- Intervention: Writing project using community-specific public health data in order to write a plain language health education article suitable for publication in a rural newspaper.
- Results: Since program start in 2017, nearly 30 students have successfully published their plain language health education articles in one or more rural newspapers in 3 states.
Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural Graduate Medical Education
Updated/reviewed September 2021
- Need: Family physicians in the rural areas of Wisconsin.
- Intervention: A collaborative was created that provides leadership, technical assistance, and training for expanding rural graduate medical education in Wisconsin.
- Results: The collaborative expanded rural graduate medical education rotations, residencies, and fellowship opportunities for training rural family physicians in Wisconsin.
Minot-Williston Rural Training Track Program
Updated/reviewed October 2020
- Need: Like many rural areas, parts of North Dakota lack primary care physicians to fulfill the needs of the community.
- Intervention: The Minot-Williston Rural Track Program was developed to create new medical residency opportunities in rural North Dakota.
- Results: Now over 1000 applicants are applying for the two residency slots.
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