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Resources by Topic: Physicians

Challenges Faced by Rural Primary Care Providers When Caring for COPD Patients in the Western United States
Results of a survey of 71 rural primary care providers in 7 states, including Colorado and Kansas, to examine challenges faced when caring for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by age, degree, rural or non-rural practice location, practice type, and state, and survey answers by provider type and location.
Additional links: Online Supplement
Author(s): Fernando Diaz del Valle, Patricia B. Koff, Sung-Joon Min, et al.
Citation: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, 8(3), 336-349
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
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AACOM 2020-21 Academic Year Entering Student Survey Summary Report
Results of a survey of 6,661 first year students in 36 colleges of osteopathic medicine and branch campuses. Topics include medical education debt and scholarships, graduate medical education plans, and percentages of students who plan to practice in underserved or shortage areas, with breakdowns by inner-city or rural background and other demographics.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
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Physician Workforce: Caps on Medicare-funded Graduate Medical Education at Teaching Hospitals
Provides an overview of Medicare physician graduate medical education (GME) funding to teaching hospitals. Describes the extent to which hospitals were over or under their Medicare GME caps in 2018, including their urban or rural status. Summarizes stakeholder views on extending the time frame for hospitals with new GME programs to establish their caps.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Evaluation of the 2020 Pediatric Emergency Physician Workforce in the US
Results of a study of 2,403 self-identified pediatric emergency physicians (EPs), examining their characteristics and their practice locations. Features a county-level map showing pediatric EP density per 100,000 population, and statistics with breakdowns by age, sex, U.S. census division, training specialty area, board certification, and urban, large rural, or small rural location.
Author(s): Christopher L. Bennett, Janice A. Espinola, Ashley F. Sullivan, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(5)
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
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Comparison of Maternity Care Training in Family Medicine Residencies 2013 and 2019: A CERA Program Directors Study
Results of a study to examine the effects of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's 2014 update requiring obstetrical experience during family medicine residency training to be changed from a volume-based to a competency-based requirement of 200 hours. Features statistics with breakdowns by 6 levels of community size, ranging from less than 30,000 to more than one million.
Author(s): Julia Fashner, Christina Cavanagh, Aimee Eden
Citation: Family Medicine, 53(5), 331-337
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
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AMA Telehealth Quick Guide
Presents information to aide physicians and practices implementing telemedicine amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes an overview of telemedicine policies and payment guidelines. Outlines key considerations regarding vendor selection, workflow, and patient care.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
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The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Economics of United States Emergency Care
Examines how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the economics of emergency departments (ED) from January through September 2020. Discusses the impact of the pandemic on ED visit volumes and complexity, clinical revenues and expenses, and clinician hours and compensation. Includes data for large, medium, small, and freestanding EDs.
Author(s): Jesse M. Pines, Mark S. Zocchi, Bernard S. Black, et al.
Citation: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
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Arizona Health Workforce Profile: Critical Care
Report presenting the distribution of critical care workforce and infrastructure, comparing rural and urban counties. Offers data by county and breaks down workforce by physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists.
Author(s): B Koch, S Coates, C Drake, D Derksen
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Place and Population Matter in General Surgeon Location and Practice Structure
Examines ways in which population changes over time in different geographical regions of the United States have affected the availability of general surgeons and quality of care. Explores the implications of hospital mergers on the viability of rural hospitals.
Author(s): Thomas C. Ricketts
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(4)
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
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Graduate Medical Education: Programs and Residents Increased During Transition to Single Accreditor; Distribution Largely Unchanged
Examines the number of graduate medical education (GME) programs and the number of residents in GME programs between the 2014-2015 and 2019-2020 academic years. Describes changes in the number, specialty or subspecialty, and geographic distribution of GME programs and their residents.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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