The rural medical scholars program study: data to inform rural health policy

  • Wheat J
  • Leeper J
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Abstract

Introduction: Medical education to produce rural physicians hinges on the characteristics of students, educational programs, and rural experiences. Family physicians are key components of rural medicine. This study tested the effectiveness of multiple, combined strategies of the Rural Medical Scholars Pro- gram to produce family medicine residents. Methods: We compared the relative effectiveness of the Rural Medical Scholars Program, family med- icine–oriented branch campuses, and a traditional urban campus to produce family medicine residents using a prospective quasi-experimental design. Logistic regression was used to account for covariates. Results: The relative effectiveness of 3 educational modalities to produce family medicine residents was examined: Rural Medical Scholars Program (44.0%; odds ratio [OR], 15.6), family medicine–ori- ented branch campuses (18.9%; OR, 5.8), and a traditional urban campus (3.9%; OR, 1). These differ- ences were significant (P

Author-supplied keywords

  • Evaluation
  • Family Medicine
  • Health Policy
  • Residency Choice
  • Rural Medical Education
  • Rural Medicine

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  • JR Wheat

  • JD Leeper

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