Topics: Physicians

Strengthening the Workforce to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes in Rural Areas

Dr. John Cullen, holding two babies he delivered


Obstetric services were available in 205 fewer rural hospitals in 2014 than in 2004. Realizing the importance of maternity and childbirth services, a CAH in Alaska works to keep its providers’ skills sharp and a rural OB-GYN residency program in Wisconsin is beginning to train a new generation of physicians.

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July 11, 2018

An Interview with David Schmitz

David Schmitz


NRHA president-elect David Schmitz, MD, shares his thoughts on the recruitment of healthcare providers, training rural physicians, and the challenges and rewards of rural practice.

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July 13, 2016

Counteracting the Darkness of Physician Burnout

Signs of Physician Burnout


Physician burnout is rising as a popular healthcare topic, but the reality has been an ongoing problem in rural health settings. Dr. Jill Kruse shares her burnout experience, how she overcame it, and what she is doing to help others, while Dr. Randall Longenecker gives tips on building resiliency.

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March 16, 2016

An Interview with Clint MacKinney, M.D.

Clint MacKinney, MD, MS


MacKinney, an emergency room doc, professor and RUPRI Health Panel member, discusses how health care can be transformed to a system of care that responds to patient and community needs.

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May 15, 2013

Watch Your Medical School

The real issue in American medical education is geographic and specialty distribution, yet most medical schools do little to address it.

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February 14, 2012

The Scariest Medical Job in America

The scariest medical job in America is in the emergency room of a small rural hospital in the middle of the night that has no specialists, only contract physicians without formal training.

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November 15, 2010