There are more than 20 federal definitions of rural, yet none of them fit everyone’s perception. In fact, 10 percent of folks who think they live in a rural place are actually residents of a defined urban location! When it comes to rural health and education and training for rural practice, definitions matter, and so do perceptions. A medical student who thinks they grew up in a rural community is more likely to practice rural than another medical student, who grew up in the same community but actually considered it urban. This Grand Rounds will help you negotiate critical conversations on this topic and make good decisions around education and training for rural practice.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe at least 3 federal definitions of rural
- Discuss the importance of clear definitions in interpreting information about rural health and even choosing a place for residency or subsequent practice
- Explore further the nuances of life and practice in rural places
Pre-Session Review Content & Assignment