With Kentucky's doctor shortage about to be exacerbated by expansion of the Medicaid program and federally subsidized health insurance, there will be more competition than ever to recruit physicians, especially to rural communities. Some doctors resist such recruitment, but they are short-sighted, writes Stephen Meredith, former chief executive officer of Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield. Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center "When I became CEO of TLRMC in 1983 our local hospital had seven doctors on its medical staff, so the first order of business was the recruitment of additional physicians, or so I thought. When this idea was presented to the collective medical staff it with was met with a resounding 'NO.' The medical staff’s concern was recruitment would hurt them financially by further 'dividing the pie' of a finite number of patients," Meredith writes for The Record in Leitchfield. But many more doctors were recruited (now more than 30), and the … [Read more...] about Rural doctors need to support recruitment of more colleagues, former Leitchfield hospital administrator writes
Rural doctor shortage
Facing an already-existing shortage of primary care in the country and state, the American Academy of Family Physicians sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, saying the committee's 2014 funding allocations could damage the nation's primary-care infrastructure by cutting primary-care physician training and research programs. In the June 18 letter, AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream wrote, "We are concerned that the House-proposed allocation will be inadequate to make the necessary investment in vital primary care research and physician workforce training." The proposed allocation would reduce funding for the only federal program that provides funds specifically to academic departments and programs that increase the number of primary-care health professionals, says an AAFP release. There are not enough primary-care physicians being trained to meet the demand for services, and a recent study shows only a … [Read more...] about Family physicians group objects to cuts to primary-care physician training programs; cites doctor shortage, which is worse in Ky.
A "virtual campus" has been put forward as an idea to help address the shortage of doctors in rural areas. In an article in the latest issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal, stakeholders from the University of Otago, University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) outlined details about their proposal for a 'National Interprofessional School of Rural Health'. Rural Health Alliance 'gutted' after failing to secure funding Alarm over state of rural New Zealanders' mental health It would create a community of rural health academics, dispersed across rural New Zealand and brought together on the "virtual campus". Rural healthcare professionals would combine academic roles with active rural clinical practice. Dr Garry Nixon, Associate Dean Rural at the University of Otago, said sharing human, physical and other resources would mean these institutions could educate students and undertake research in rural communities in ways currently not possible. "It would … [Read more...] about ‘Virtual campus’ suggested to ease rural doctor shortage
With new medical residency programs, the state’s largest health care systems are addressing what doctors say is an increasingly urgent shortage of primary-care doctors in Arkansas. The Baptist Health-University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Education Program, a collaboration between the health systems, announced Monday that it will begin recruiting medical residents for newly accredited, jointly funded training programs at Baptist Health Medical Center’s North Little Rock campus. The residency programs in internal medicine and family medicine, which are specialties that future primary-care doctors can train in, each will accept up to 12 students for programs that begin next July. When the program’s students wrap up the three-year training that traditionally follows medical school, that could mean as many as 24 new primary-care doctors per year in a state where the shortage of such providers is “acute,” UAMS chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson says. … [Read more...] about New project to target doctors shortage in Arkansas
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences students (from left) Shannon Petrus, Caitlin Claridge and Jasmine Haller celebrate their matches Friday in Little Rock. Petrus’ general-surgery residency will be at UAMS. For their residencies in obstetrics-gynecology, Claridge is going to Case Western MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and Haller will go to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. - Photo by Thomas Metthe With new medical residency programs, the state’s largest health care systems are addressing what doctors say is an increasingly urgent shortage of primary-care doctors in Arkansas. The Baptist Health-University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Education Program, a collaboration between the health systems, announced Monday that it will begin recruiting medical residents for newly accredited, jointly funded training programs at Baptist Health Medical Center’s North Little Rock campus. The residency programs in internal medicine and family … [Read more...] about Project to target doctors shortage