Rural PREP Grand Rounds: Preparing to be a Rural Generalist

Thursday, December 3, 2020
10:00 am -11:00 am, PT
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, MT
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, CT
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, ET

Rob Epstein, MD., Program Director, Swedish Rural Program, Port
Angeles, Washington


A Rural Generalist is a medical practitioner who is trained to meet the specific health care needs of rural communities, in a sustainable and cost-effective way. The Rural Generalist Framework approaches training in comprehensive general practice, emergency care, and advanced procedural and cognitive skills. Join us to learn more about this framework and how it can inform your learning and teaching.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate the concept and expanded scope of practice encompassed by rural generalists
  2. Thoughtfully choose appropriate learning experiences in preparation for rural practice
  3. Modify their own education plans to incorporate rural generalism
  4. Adapt their plans to the community in which they wish to practice

Pre-Session Review Content & Assignment

Prior to the December 2020 Grand Rounds event, participants will spend 30-60 minutes in the following activity:

  1. Read Schubert N, Evans R,  Battye K, Gupta TS,  Larkins S, McIver L. International approaches to rural generalist medicine: a scoping review, Human Resources for Health (2018) 16:62.

  2. Read Weidner AKH, Phillipa EL, Fang B, Peterson LE. Burnout and Scope of Practice in New Family Physicians, Ann Fam Med 2018;16:200-205.

  3. Watch Rural Generalist GP Training:

  4. Complete the pre-session activity and have a copy of your answers ready for the Grand Rounds.

NOTE: We ask that for the December Grand Rounds, each individual member of your team should join the Zoom meeting using a personal device (instead of all together in one room). This will help us facilitate the group activity. Your site coordinator can forward the Zoom meeting link to you.

Pre-Session Activity

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Rob Epstein, MD
Program Director, Swedish Rural Program, Port Angeles, Washington

For the last 20 years Dr. Rob Epstein has practiced and taught rural family medicine in
Port Angeles, Washington (which is located in the upper left corner of the map). Prior
to settling in Port Angeles, he worked on the Navajo Reservation, Southwest Colorado
and in Northern Pakistan. He received his medical training at the University of
Washington School of Medicine where he still teaches and is currently the Program
Director of the Swedish Port Angeles Rural Training Track.