Tag Archives: PUBLIC HEALTH

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]