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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Physicians

If Fewer International Medical Graduates are Allowed in the U.S., Who Might Replace Them in Rural Underserved Areas?
Describes a study based on 1991 and 1996 data that identified rural communities that would be most affected by a decrease in availability of international medical graduates (IMGs) and perceptions of recruiters on who might replace IMGs in these areas.
Author(s): Leonard D. Baer, Thomas R. Konrad, Rebecca T. Slifkin
Date: 05/2001
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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The Proximity of Rural Black and Hispanic/Latino Communities to Physicians and Hospital Services
Reports the findings of a study based on 1990 data of how the African American and Hispanic/Latino composition of rural communities relates to local physician concentrations and to distances to hospitals offering various levels of services.
Author(s): Donald E. Pathman, Thomas R. Konrad, Robert Schwartz
Date: 05/2001
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Update on the Physician Workforce
Compendium of three policy papers on the physician workforce, two of which address rural issues. The first paper provides data on the supply and distribution of physicians, including rural-specific national data, with state-by-state data in Appendix B. The second paper focuses on the rural family physician workforce, with supply projections through 2020.
Date: 08/2000
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Council on Graduate Medical Education
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Why Do Rural Primary-Care Physicians Sell Their Practices?
Evaluated why rural primary care physicians sold their practices, based on a survey in five states that looked at changes of ownership during the period from 1995 to 1998. Examined the factors that led independent physicians to sell their practices to either non-local buyers, local hospitals, or local physicians.
Author(s): Jeffrey Stensland, Michelle Brasure, Ira Moscovice
Date: 06/2000
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Physician Distribution and Health Care Challenges in Rural and Inner-City Areas
In-depth review of the geographic maldistribution of physicians. Discusses issues that impact rural physician supply. Includes policy recommendations to improve the geographic distribution of physicians and address rural physician shortages.
Date: 02/1998
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Council on Graduate Medical Education
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If You Knew the Conditions: Health Care to Native Americans
Summarizes the history of administration of healthcare to Native American recipients by the United States government. Includes biographies of famous Native American physicians. Online version of a 1994 exhibit on Native American Health.
Date: 1994
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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Physician Needs Indicator Worksheet
Helps determine how many physicians are needed in a community. Spreadsheet can by used to input service area population to see how many full-time equivalent physicians are needed, or to input service area and existing physician complement to see areas of over- or under-availability.
Author(s): Stroudwater Associates
Type: Tool
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COVID-19 County Workforce Deficit Estimator
Online tool showing county-level projected COVID-19 hospitalizations and intensive care unit (ICU) bed counts estimated to occur in the next 30 days, as well as estimated number of available critical care physicians in the county and the number available for each 12-hour shift. Intended to help state and federal planners ensure a sufficient heath workforce for COVID-19.
Additional links: Evidence Brief
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity
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Virginia Project ECHO
Connects groups of community providers with healthcare specialists in collaborative sessions that offer case-based learning and mentorship to help them gain the expertise required to provides specialty care to patients with complex health conditions. Offers continuing medical education (CME) units and continuing nursing education units.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health
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South Carolina - Project ECHO
A tele-mentoring, guided practice model that focuses on moving knowledge and not people by offering specialty expertise to primary care providers so they may effectively manage patients with complex health needs in their own clinics. Offers physicians and pharmacists professional accreditation for participation.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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