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Resources by Topic: Surgery

Developing an Index of Surgical Underservice
Provides suggestions for the development of surgical health professional shortage area (HPSA) designations in the U.S.
Author(s): Thomas C. Ricketts, Kristie Thompson, Simon Neuwahl, Victoria McGee
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 96(7), 45-47, 57
Date: 07/2011
Type: Document
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Trends in the Provision of Surgery by Rural Hospitals
Examines changes in the number of rural hospitals that provided surgery between 2001 and 2008. Shows results based on hospital location and Medicare payment classification.
Author(s): George M. Holmes, Saleema A. Karim, George H. Pink
Date: 07/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Profile: Oregon's Rural General Surgeon Workforce, 2010
Provides an overview of Oregon's rural general surgeon workforce in 2010. Includes a rural and non-rural data comparison by practice setting and form of employment, age distribution, and average number of hours spent providing direct patient care. Covers race, employment status, medical school location, and future practice plans for rural general surgeons.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute
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The Impact of Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Centers on Rural Community Hospital Performance, 1997–2006
Describes the impact of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) on rural hospital markets. Includes a comparison of urban and rural freestanding ASC services.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Walter Gregg, Douglas Wholey, Ira Moscovice
Date: 10/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
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The Economic Impact of a Rural General Surgeon
Identifies the economic benefits of a general surgeon and offers a methodology to estimate the need for a rural general surgeon.
Author(s): Fred Eilrich, Jonathan Sprague, Brian Whitacre, et al.
Date: 09/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Health Works
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Training for a Rural Surgical Career: The Reflections of Two Gundersen Lutheran Graduates
Describes a Wisconsin residency program that works to prepare medical graduates for rural general surgery practice. Explores training factors that may influence the workforce shortage issues.
Author(s): Karen Stein
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 95(8), 11-15
Date: 08/2010
Type: Document
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Rural Surgeons - We Must Grow Our Own
Highlights the need for rural general surgeons and describes summer programs used to recruit students.
Author(s): Paul J. Huffstutter
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 95(4), 16-18
Date: 04/2010
Type: Document
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The Crisis in Rural General Surgery
Describes issues rural general surgeons face and why maintaining their supply is important in meeting the needs of the aging rural population.
Date: 04/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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General Surgery Training and the Demise of the General Surgeon
Discusses the supply and demand for general surgeons in rural areas and the reasons behind the shortage of general surgeons. Covers challenges to provides adequate training to surgical residents.
Author(s): Heena P. Santry, Nikunj Chokshi, Nicole Datrice, Julian Guitron, Mecker G. Möller
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 93(7), 32-38
Date: 07/2008
Type: Document
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The Practice of Locum Tenens: Views of a Senior Surgeon
Discusses the benefits and challenges of locum tenens surgeons. Highlights the importance of locum tenens surgeons in rural hospitals.
Author(s): Ronald M. Tolls
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 93(5), 8-10
Date: 05/2008
Type: Document
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