Family medicine doctors provide the majority of care for underserved rural and urban patients. Their workplaces are distributed more proportionally throughout the US than any other specialty. What if we took a step beyond working in underserved areas, to living in them too? We will discuss geography’s influence on poverty and access to health care. We will also discuss the benefits and challenges of both living and working in underserved areas. Stories of physicians who both live and work in underserved areas will be shared, as well as advice for residents considering living in the community where they are serving.
After this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Describe geography’s influence on poverty.
- Explore the demographic make-up of the areas in which they live and work.
- Discuss the benefits and challenges of living in the community in which they work.
Pre-Session Review Content & Assignment
Prior to the April Grand Rounds event, participants should:
- Read Hancock, Steinbach, Nesbitt, Adler, & Auerswald (2009), Why doctors choose small towns: A developmental model of rural physician recruitment and retention (PDF Download)
- Read Funk (2019), Live & practice: Small towns 2019
- Read Thomas (2014), Hospitals, doctors moving out of poor city neighborhoods to more affluent areas
- Read McGrail, Wingrove, Petterson, & Bazemore (2017), Mobility of US rural primary care physicians during 2000-2014