For decades, rural areas in the United States have experienced shortages of physicians. Rural areas contain roughly 20% of the U.S. population, but only 9% of all U.S. physicians practice in rural locations. 

To address this growing shortage, Assistant Professor and past Rural Medical Education (RME) Group Executive Committee co-chair, Dr. Emily Onello, has produced an extensive e-book featuring recent conversations with sixteen prominent U.S. educators about training physicians for rural practice. 

The RME Group is a special interest group of the National Rural Health Associaton, committed to advancing the training of physicians for rural practice through network development and advocacy.

The publication, Profiles of Rural Medical Educators 2020, offers valuable insights on training and retaining medical doctors in rural communities, featuring conversations with fellow faculty members in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health, Drs. James Boulger and Raymond Christensen.

Conversations with our Nation’s Experts on Reversing Rural Physician Shortages