How Do U.S. Medical Schools Use Targeted Admissions to Increase the Number of Doctors in Rural Areas?
This study examines and describes the admissions policies of U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools that produce high proportions of rural physicians, investigating policies that target and attract applicants more likely to practice in rural locations. We will survey Deans of Admissions or others familiar with school admissions policies. Based on these survey results and findings from our Rural PREP Year 1 study of medical school rural commitment, we identify rurally focused medical schools that utilize targeted admissions to enhance the rural workforce. To gain deeper insight into the admissions policies of these rural focused schools, we will conduct interviews with key medical school personnel. This study can lay the groundwork for similar studies of U.S. physician assistant and advanced practice nursing programs.