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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.

Access to Health Information Technology Training Programs at the Community College Level
Examines health information technology (HIT) workforce training programs in community colleges to better understand how these programs may be reaching underserved populations with limited access to training. Identifies barriers faced by these programs to help HIT training programs strengthen the HIT workforce in rural areas.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Davis G. Patterson, C. Holly A. Andrilla, Susan Fenton, Caitlin Morrison
Date: 11/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Higher Education and Workforce Development in Tribal Communities and the Role of Tribal HPOG
Discusses barriers to education and employment for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). Provides data on AI/AN representation in healthcare professions and describes health career educational opportunities and programs. Describes training and employment outcomes of the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Katherine Meyer, Tess Gilbert, et al.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Teaching Hospitals: Preparing Tomorrow's Physicians Today
An overview of the value teaching hospitals bring in rural and urban areas, serving as training centers to prepare physicians in clinical settings, provide specialty training and specialty services, engage in research and innovation, and prepare healthcare professionals to adapt to changes in the healthcare environment. Discusses the federal (Medicare and Medicaid) financial support mechanisms teaching hospitals receive and the impact this support has on the increased cost of clinical training of new physicians.
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Graduate Medical Education Financing: Sustaining Medical Education in Rural Places
A policy brief reporting on the financial situation of rural training track (RTT) residency programs, including their sources of funding, expenses, and the relationship between urban RTT sponsors and rural program sites.
Author(s): Davis G. Patterson, David Schmitz, Randall Longenecker, David Squire, Susan M. Skillman
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
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Teaching Health Centers: A Promising Approach for Building Primary Care Workforce for the 21st Century
Provides information about Teaching Health Centers (THC), including the number of physicians choosing primary care following residency, location of practice, number of patients served by THCs, and characteristics of patients. Also discusses the impact that loss of federal funding may have on this graduate medical education training program.
Author(s): Leighton Ku, Fitzhugh Mullan, Cristine Serrano, Zoe Barber, Peter Shin
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: George Washington University Department of Health Policy and Management
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Rural Student Profiles
Profiles four health professions students who have used distance education to advance their careers and better serve their communities.
Author(s): Kate Menzies
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Education at a Distance: Virtual Classrooms Bring Healthcare Classes to Rural Areas
Highlights three university health professions programs that are using distance education to allow professionals to stay in their rural communities while earning a degree.
Author(s): Kate Menzies
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Twenty-Second Report: The Role of Graduate Medical Education in the New Health Care Paradigm
Presents seven recommendations from the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) regarding the expansion of Graduate Medical Education training. Suggests expanding GME clinical training into ambulatory and community settings, and ensuring accountability including providing rural and underserved practice locations. Discusses the need for increased funding for GME, and providing future physicians with the training and skills needed for emerging care delivery systems.
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Council on Graduate Medical Education
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An Interview with Robert T. Trachtenberg
Presents an interview with Robert Trachtenberg, the Executive Director of the National AHEC Organization who discusses its evolution, and how AHECs build the rural healthcare workforce.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Building Health Workforce Capacity Through Community-Based Health Professional Education: Workshop Summary
Highlights from a workshop held May 1-2, 2014, discussing the increased focus on community-based health and healthcare, and interprofessional collaborations. Discusses the current financial and structural design of health professional education. Presents examples of interprofessional, community-based programs and curricula for educating health professionals. Mentions rural throughout.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Patricia A. Cuff
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Last Updated: 4/27/2022