To Reduce the Rural Doctor Shortage, Train More Doctors from Rural Areas

By Fred Jacobs
February 14, 2019

Rural America is short on doctors. Only about 11 percent of physicians practice in rural communities — though nearly 20 percent of the population resides there.[1]

Medical schools can help alleviate this crisis by attracting more aspiring physicians from low-income, rural backgrounds.

Many doctors are reluctant to practice in rural areas. Only 3 percent of final-year medical residents want to work in an area with a population of 25,000 or less, according to a 2017 Merritt Hawkins survey. More than nine in ten want to practice in communities with more than 50,000 people.[2]

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In 2019, Ask Your Doctor About Realistic Resolutions

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
January 16, 2019

Each January, millions of Americans pledge to eat healthier, exercise more, and focus on “self-care.”[1] But only 8 percent of people actually stick to their New Year’s resolutions, according to research from the University of Scranton.[2]

Primary care doctors are uniquely positioned to boost that percentage — by providing patients with effective health management techniques, identifying early signs of disease, and helping people develop healthy, lasting habits that improve overall well-being.

The motivation to adopt a healthier lifestyle often disappears within weeks. Gold’s Gym reports that traffic increases by upwards of 40 percent from December to January — but subsequently decreases in February.[3]

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This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Blood

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
December 10, 2018

‘Tis the season to be jolly — but not to give blood, evidently. According to the Red Cross, the number of people who give blood plummets from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.[1]

That’s alarming. Nationwide, someone needs blood every two seconds.[2] But only 10 percent of eligible people donate.[3] More need to do so. Since primary care physicians are on the front lines of public health, it’s critical that they discuss the importance of blood donations with patients.

Many patients require blood donations, including people with cancer, individuals undergoing surgical procedures, and those receiving organ transplants.[4] Victims of car accidents also frequently need blood donations — requiring as many as 100 pints.[5]

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