At least one Texas rural hospital has closed each year since 2011. The endemic disadvantages in underserved communities affect not only the citizens but also the lone physician. Reducing health disparities in these communities includes comprehensive support for the rural physician and its community members.
Learning Objectives Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
Describe the challenges of working in rural communities and list recommendations to prepare trainees for practicing in health deserts;
Assess the effects of distress, fatigue, and the mental/emotional/physical quality of life for the physician and their patients due to the inadequate number of physicians and workforce in a rural setting;
Discuss the projected physician shortage and the overall impact;
Evaluate mentorship programs that help medical students explore career paths in rural settings; and
List the existing rural immersion programs that serve as gateways to practice in health deserts and the opportunities for growth in those areas.
ABMS/ACGME Competencies This program addresses the following desirable physician attributes: Patient care, Interprofessional practice, and Practice-based learning and improvement.
Target Audience Physicians of all specialties, residents, and medical students; hospital and academic leadership.
Recorded: May 1, 2021 Released: August 1, 2021 Expires: August 17, 2023
Return Policy No refunds or exchanges will be processed for this program.
1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Enduring) The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Texas Medical Association designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
On select courses, the Texas Medical Association requires physician to complete 70-percent of the test questions correctly to receive credit for this course.