Development of a Rural Training Track for Texas

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Abstract of Journal Article -- August 2002  

Symposium on Medical Education  

By Lisa R. Nash, DO; Angela J. Shepherd, M; Juanita W. Caskey, MA; and Alvah R. Cass, MD, SM  

Constituting a large proportion of Texas, rural areas are medically underserved. Rural training tracks for family medicine residents have been one strategy employed in efforts to increase the number of resident graduates who choose to practice in rural areas. The process and challenges in developing a rural training track for Texas, based upon collaboration between an established, university-based residency program and a rural medical community, are described. Early results show that 53% of graduates entered practice in a medically underserved area. Of a particular subgroup of graduates, 73% entered practice in an area that is medically underserved or rural or both.

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