Family physicians for underserved areas. The role of residency training

C. Gessert, J. Blossom, P. Sommers, M. D. Canfield, C. Jones

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Graduates of four rural and four urban family practice programs were interviewed to determine the nature of their practices and the factors that had influenced their practice location decisions. All programs gave residents substantial experience providing continuity of care for underserved populations. Of the 158 physicians surveyed, 58 (46%) were working in areas designated as underserved. The percentage of physicians in underserved areas was higher than that reported in other studies and was much higher than would be expected if practice sites were selected on the basis of population distribution alone. Notable differences in personal and practice characteristics were found between the physicians who chose to work in underserved areas and those who did not and between those who established practices in rural and in urban underserved areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-230
Number of pages5
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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