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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.

Learning by Doing: The MD-PA Interprofessional Education Rural Rotation
Describes the Combined Medical-Physician Assistant Student Rural Rotation (Med-PARR) program at the Oregon Health & Science University, in which pairs of third-year MD students and second-year PA students spend 5 weeks together in a primary-care-focused clinical rotation in a rural area.
Author(s): Ryan Palmer, Curt Stilp
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 17(1), 4167
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
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Understanding the Importance of Medical Student Clerkships in Poor Health Outcome Regions Served by Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Impoverished Locations of Southern United States
Highlights the importance of Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in providing valuable community-based training for health professional students intending to work in rural or underserved areas to help them understand the factors and the barriers affecting positive health outcomes. Discusses how training or clerkships in areas such as the Southern Black Belt can bridge the gap between healthcare professionals and diverse patient populations.
Author(s): Ashruta Patel
Citation: Archives of Public Health, 75(7)
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
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Development of an Interdisciplinary Pre-Matriculation Program Designed to Promote Medical Students' Self Efficacy
Describes a pre-matriculation program for rural and Native American medical students at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. Discusses the need for programs that increase student success for populations that will likely work in underserved communities. Assesses program effectiveness by measuring microbiology content retention and overall confidence of program participants.
Author(s): Anna Wirta Kosobuski, Abigail Whitney, Andrew Skildum, Amy Prunuske
Citation: Medical Education Online, 22(1), 1271835
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
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Rural Training Track Programs: A Guide to the Medicare Requirements
Provides guidance to urban hospitals, rural hospitals, and rural nonhospital clinical training sites on how to take part in a Rural Training Track (RTT) to train residents to practice in rural areas. Explains how hospitals can receive additional payments from Medicare to train residents in an RTT program, beyond the graduate medical education (GME) caps in place since 1996.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of American Medical Colleges
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Rural Health IT Workforce Program Sourcebook
Reports the results for 15 network grantees funded under the Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Program in the 2013-2016 funding cycle. Discusses goals of the program related to developing and enhancing rural-focused HIT training programs. Summarizes program successes and challenges, as well as student enrollment and retention results. Includes brief program profiles.
Additional links: Part 2: Excel Spreadsheet
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, National Rural Health Resource Center
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Do Residencies That Aim to Produce Rural Family Physicians Offer Relevant Training?
Examines the differences in skills training and program content for allopathic, osteopathic, and dual-accredited family medicine residency programs that offer rural-centric training tracks. Also examines rural/urban training configurations and the differences in requirements for time spent training in rural locations.
Author(s): David V. Evans, Davis G. Patterson, Holly A. Andrilla, David Schmitz, Randall Longenecker
Citation: Family Medicine, 48(8), 596-602
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
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Family Medicine Rural Training Track Residencies: 2008-2015 Graduate Outcomes
Policy brief tracking practice outcomes of family physicians who completed graduate medical education in Rural Training Track (RTT) residency programs. Features statistics on 253 RTT graduates, including background characteristics and percentage practicing in rural areas and Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) 1-7 years after graduation.
Author(s): Davis G. Patterson, David Schmitz, Randall Longenecker, C. Holly A. Andrilla
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Which Physician Assistant Training Programs Produce Rural PAs? A National Study
Policy brief reporting results of a study to identify physician assistant (PA) training programs that produced high proportions or high numbers of rural PAs from 2000 to 2012, and characteristics of those programs. Features statistics including breakdowns by type of college or university, location by rural or urban area and census region, and includes names of colleges producing the greatest number of rurally located graduates.
Author(s): Eric H. Larson, Holly Andrilla, Caitlin Morrison, Stefanie Ostergard, Anita Glicken
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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The Feasibility and Acceptability of Administering a Telemedicine Objective Structured Clinical Exam as a Solution for Providing Equivalent Education to Remote and Rural Learners
Describes implementation of a pilot program to effectively and efficiently assess distance medical students' clinical skills in rural areas.
Author(s): Ryan T. Palmer, Frances E. Biagioli, Jasminka Mujcic, et al.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 15(4), 3399
Date: 12/2015
Type: Document
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Graduates of Teaching Health Centers Are More Likely to Enter Practice in the Primary Care Safety Net
Assesses whether primary care graduates of Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) programs are more likely than other physicians to begin practicing in rural or underserved settings.
Author(s): Andrew Bazemore, Peter Wingrove, Stephen Petterson, et al.
Date: 11/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Graham Center
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Last Updated: 6/29/2022