Measuring the Commitment of Health Professions Schools to Rural Primary Care

Despite some medical schools’ stated intentions to produce rural or primary care physicians, these health professionals remain in short supply. This study describes the rurally oriented organizational and educational factors of U.S. medical schools. The research team conducted a search of publicly available data and compiled information on rurally relevant characteristics of all 182 allopathic […]

New Articles Published on Health Equity in Primary Care Health Professional Education

New Research and Commentaries on Health Equity in Primary Care Health Professional Education and Training by Rural PREP and Our Collaborators Rural PREP* is pleased to announce publication of our work in a special issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved focused on health equity in the education and training […]

Celebrating National Rural Health Day 2020

In celebration of National Rural Health Day, Rural PREP is spotlighting our microresearch program, which creates interest in rural practice by encouraging medical, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant students, as well as other rural health professional trainees to conduct research about:   Rural primary care Rural population health Rural health workforce education and training In […]

Online Teaching Kits Focus on Rural Practice

Training and Education Materials Focus on Rural Practice! Rural PREP Teaching Kits are free materials on topics related to rural primary care practice designed for teams of diverse trainees, including nurse practitioners, medical students, physician assistants, NP and physician residents, and other primary care health professionals. Online resources are more important than ever, and Rural […]

New article from Rural PREP: Telepsychiatric Consultation as a Training and Workforce Development Strategy for Rural Primary Care

There is a shortage of rural primary care personnel with expertise in team care for patients with common mental disorders. Building the workforce for this population is a national priority. In this study we investigated the feasibility of regular systematic case reviews through telepsychiatric consultation, within collaborative care for depression, as a continuous training and workforce development strategy in rural clinics.

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New Article from Rural PREP Researcher David Evans – Targeted Medical School Admissions: A Strategic Process for Meeting Our Social Mission

Increased medical school class sizes and new medical schools have not addressed the workforce issues in rural communities. This study examined the admissions policies of U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools that target applicants likely to enter rural practice.

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Rural PREP featured in Rural Health Voices Blog on Preparing Nurse Practitioners for Rural Practice

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Educating more nurse practitioners (NPs) for rural practice is essential to address provider shortages in America’s small towns – but little is known about the aspects of clinical training that best prepare and encourage NPs to choose and succeed in a rural setting. To bridge that gap, the Collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, […]

Microresearch recipient featured in VCU School of Medicine article

Collage featuring Microresearch recipient Paulius Mui

Through his research, the Class of 2021’s Paulius Mui hopes to capture what happens to patients when a rural physician leaves the community and use their perspective to inform policy and recruit physicians to low-population areas. Mui’s project is funded by a microresearch grant from the Collaborative for Rural Primary care, Research, Education and Practice […]

NRHA Article: Rural PREP program does that and more for future docs

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Tlalli E. Moya-Smith is passionate about serving rural, native and migrant communities. While a first-year student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, Moya-Smith felt fortunate to attend a conference tackling a problem that educators and researchers have struggled with for decades: how to make sure there are enough well-trained health care professionals […]