Rural Internal Medicine Residencies as Workforce Pipelines

When:  Jan 23, 2023 from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM (ET)
Rural physician practice and training is a widening chasm in GME and health care. More than 20% of our population is rural, cared for by 9% of physicians--mostly family doctors. Internal medicine GME training follows a pattern of what has been termed structural urbanism, a form of structural bias. Internal medicine is increasingly characterized by an urban focus that may predispose trainees for urban practice, potentially worsening rural workforce gaps and health outcomes General internists wishing to practice rurally endure additional barriers to appropriate training and infrastructure. Rural residents are older, poorer, less educated, and have more multiple chronic diseases than urban dwellers. They are also often from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented groups, such as Native American, Latinx, and African American. Closing this chasm requires a reliable physician workforce pipeline, and a context-specific care model. Physicians that train in rural communities are far more likely to remain there to practice.
This webinar will present the experience of four new and emerging rural internal medicine residency programs along the developmental spectrum as well as HRSA funded Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD) and the RRPD Technical Assistance Center (RRPD-TAC) efforts to promote tracks internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, and OB-GYN.

Presenters:  Roger W. Bush, MD, Amanda Finley, DO, FACOI, FACP, Matthew L. Tobey, MD, and Joe Weigel, MD


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