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Fam Med. 1997 Jun;29(6):414-20.

A fellowship in rural family medicine: program development and outcomes.

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  • 1University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

Many strategies have been used by academic institutions to address the shortage of rural family physicians. Fellowship training in rural family medicine represents one approach.

METHODS:

Tacoma Family Medicine developed a fellowship program of this type. Five years of operations are described, including applicants, educational outcomes, rural outcomes, and adverse outcomes.

RESULTS:

An adequate applicant pool does exist, composed of both applicants from residency and from practice. A curriculum of advanced obstetrics, electives, and a rural experience has been successful. Unforeseen problems included a strained relationship with family practice residents in the program and competition for community preceptors.

CONCLUSIONS:

Family practice residencies with a mission of rural training are encouraged to consider the strategy of a rural fellowship.

PMID:
9193913
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