Health professions educators, including physical therapist educators, are striving to be more socially accountable by graduating clinicians who work in underserved com-munities. To achieve this, understanding factors associated with student practice intentions is vital. Purpose. The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students associated with intention to work in medically underserved areas or with underserved populations upon graduation. Methods. An exploratory descriptive study using survey methodology targeted first, second, and third-year DPT students. Results. A total of 201 students participated. Using a logistic regression model, two variables demonstrated statistically significant associations with the intention to work in medically underserved areas upon graduation: students who grew up in medically underserved areas and students who participated in service learning while in PT school. Discussion and conclusion. Educators should use targeted student recruitment, admission strategies, and service-learning experiences to address workforce needs in medically underserved areas.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of health care for the poor and underserved|
|State||Published - Aug 1 2022|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© Meharry Medical College.
- Health disparities
- medically underserved areas
- medically underserved popula-tions
- physical therapy
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Journal Article