Request for Proposals – The Graduate Medical Education Consortium of Southwest Virginia has proposed a collection of essays to McFarland Press. Titled Healing Ourselves, with a tentative subtitle along the lines of Physicians Respond to the Opioid Crisis in Appalachia or Healthcare Providers tell their stories of Appalachia’s Opioid Epidemic. We are looking for a… Continue reading If You Like to Write…
Tom Morris - HRSA's Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy - has a stump speech about rural healthcare vs. urban healthcare entitled; "Rural is NOT Mini Urban." To underline his point, he puts a picture on the screen of a huge tractor next to a lawn mower. Guess which one is intended for use in rural areas?… Continue reading Emergency Residency
The Rural Health Research & Policy Centers recently published, Outcomes of Rural-Centric Residency Training to Prepare Family Medicine Physicians for Rural Practice. This policy brief identified family medicine residencies providing rural training and the practice locations of their graduates. KEY FINDINGS Family medicine physicians who graduated from rural-centric residency programs—those that actively recruit medical students… Continue reading Preparing for Rural
Many medical students will soon be wrapping up their 3rd year. What do you need to do to prepare for the 4th? After three years of arduous studying, exams and clinical rotations, you’re finally in the home-stretch to completing your undergraduate medical training and transitioning to the next phase of your career in residency. AMA has… Continue reading Medical Student Checklist
Last week we asked if skipping residency was the solution to addressing the doctor shortage in rural communities. And if skipping residency wasn't the answer; what is? A recently published study proposed that maybe tele-residency is part of the solution. "The feasibility and acceptability of administering a telemedicine objective structured clinical exam as a solution… Continue reading Remote Residency?
One of the concerns of those addressing rural workforce issues is residency programs for recent medical school graduates. Finding a sufficient number of residency slots is always a challenge. If there aren't enough in your area, the students could leave the state - or even the country. Since we know that doctors tend to practice… Continue reading Can We Skip Residency?
The GMEC blog will be taking a break for the holiday season. We leave you with this essay from the Daily Yonder: I watched over the last decade or so as successful big-city professionals retire and move out to the fringes of my rural town. They typically buy farms or ranchettes and imagine themselves living… Continue reading The Big-City Guide to Small-Town Living
"Grow your own" is a popular phrase for those trying to improve the supply of health professionals in rural areas. But does it work? The USDA recently released a report titled "Factors Affecting Former Residents' Returning to Rural Communities". Factors which encouraged residents to return to their rural roots: presence of parents desire to raise… Continue reading Do Residents Return?
Recently HRSA released the 22nd report from the Council on Graduate Medical Education, titled; "The Role of Graduate Medical Education in the New Health Care Paradigm" We'll spend the next few weeks providing some highlights and commentary. Challenges and Opportunities in Expanding GME Experience (p.17) "Although the data on the impact of training sites on… Continue reading The Role of Graduate Medical Education in the New Health Care Paradigm