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Education and Training of the Rural Healthcare Workforce – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Education and Training of the Rural Healthcare Workforce.

Mizzou Educates the Next Generation of Rural Providers through Lectures, Clerkships, and Community Integration
Features the University of Missouri School of Medicine's MU AHEC Rural Track Pipeline Program, which prepares medical students and residents for rural practice through a lecture series, rural clerkships, and a community integration project.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Cultivating Country Doctors: Preparing Learners for Rural Life and Community Leadership
Explores how selected medical school and residency programs develop students' competencies related to rural life, community engagement, and community leadership.
Author(s): Sarah B. Thach, Bryan Hodge, Misty Cox, Anna Beth Parlier-Ahmad, Shelley L. Galvin
Citation: Family Medicine, 50(9), 685-690
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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Strengthening the Workforce to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes in Rural Areas
Highlights rural workforce initiatives related to maternity and childbirth services and discusses strategies to improve rural pregnancy outcomes. Features a training program at a Critical Access Hospital in Alaska and a rural OB-GYN residency program in Wisconsin.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
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What Makes Physician Assistant (PA) Training Programs Successful at Training Rural PAs?
Results of a study analyzing characteristics of PA programs producing high proportions of graduates who choose rural practice, using data collected from 173 programs from November 2015 through January 2016. Features statistics with breakdowns by rurally oriented and non-rurally oriented programs and those with high and low rural productivity.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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The Rural Osteopathic Medical Education Program: Training Students for Life and Practice in Rural and Underserved Communities
Slide presentation from the RTT Collaborative 2018 Annual Meeting. Describes components of the University of North Texas Health Science Center rural osteopathic program, including curriculum, clinical experiences, research opportunities, and international rotations.
Author(s): John Gibson, Stacy Abraham
Date: 04/2018
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: RTT Collaborative
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Physician Workforce: HHS Needs Better Information to Comprehensively Evaluate Graduate Medical Education Funding
Describes what is known about Graduate Medical Education (GME) costs, including the amount, type, and distribution of spending, and examines the extent to which the federal government collects GME-related information. Includes statistics on federal spending on GME in 2015, and information on which GME payment programs track whether residents are from rural areas, received training in rural areas, or went on to practice in rural areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): James Cosgrove, William Hadley, Christine Brudevold, Katherine Mack, A. Elizabeth Dobrenz, et al.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Washington Program Trains Dental Super-Generalists to Serve Rural Communities
Features the University of Washington School of Dentistry's Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program. Describes how the program is structured to create a "super-generalist" able to meet oral health needs in rural and underserved areas. Discusses the program's success placing graduates in rural locations.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Competence Revisited in a Rural Context
Results of a national survey of 171 undergraduate and graduate medical educators and practicing physicians, with the goal of developing a list of competency domains for working in rural communities and assessing their importance in education and practice.
Author(s): Randall L. Longenecker, Andrea Wendling, Joyce Hollander-Rodriguez, John Bowling, David Schmitz
Citation: Family Medicine, 50(1), 28-35
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
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Rural Medical Education Programs: A Proposed Nomenclature
Outlines the history of rural medical education program definitions and discusses the benefits of having a consistent nomenclature for the graduate medical education community.
Author(s): Randall Longenecker
Citation: Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 9(3), 283-286
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
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Towards the Development of a National Strategic Plan for Graduate Medical Education: 23rd Report
Recommends changes in graduate medical education to address issues including low numbers of medical students from rural backgrounds and sparse supply of physicians in most rural areas.
Author(s): Candice Chen, Kennita R. Carter, Joan Weiss, Ray Bingham, Andrew Sanderson
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Council on Graduate Medical Education
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Last Updated: 7/8/2022