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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Physicians

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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Care Compare
Provides information on the quality of care, cost, volume of services, and other data for Medicare-certified providers. Includes data on doctors and clinicians, hospitals, nursing homes, home health services, hospice care, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and dialysis facilities.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Pathways to Safer Opioid Use Training
An interactive, online training for a variety of healthcare providers with a focus on the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain based on the recommendations in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). Continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit or continuing medical education (CME) credit maybe offered upon completion of the program.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Accredited Rural Residency Programs
Map showing locations of accredited rural residency programs in internal medicine, general surgery, psychiatry, and family medicine. Includes locations of Integrated Rural Training Track (IRTT) and IRTT-like programs, both of which require more than 50% of the training to take place in rural areas.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: RTT Collaborative
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AAFP Rural Health
Describes an initiative to improve rural health with a focus on the role of family physicians. Lists related resources, events, news, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Arizona Designation Mapper
An interactive mapping tool for Arizona with data on primary care physicians, race/ethnicity, population, poverty, and uninsurance rates. Geographic areas include health professional shortage and underserved areas, primary care areas, counties, and zip codes.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Bureau of Health Systems Development
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Kansas Rural Health Care Provider Spotlight Series
Series of articles profiling healthcare providers and professionals practicing in rural Kansas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Rural Health Education and Services
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