Country Doctors in Literature: Helping Medical Students Understand What Rural Practice is All About

Johanna Shapiro, PhD, and Randall Longenecker, MD

Rural family medicine residencies and practices continue to have difficulty attracting applicants and practitioners. Students facing decisions about rural training or practice may be deterred by negative stereotypes or a lack of understanding about rural experience. Renewed efforts to foster students’
interest and influence students’ intent toward rural practice are sorely needed.

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