Rural physician training offers many advantages for medical students seeking in-depth residency experiences and unmatched opportunities in preparation for rural, underserved urban or international practice.
Rural physicians are competent in a wide range of treatments, procedures and settings.
Rural training is more apprentice-like and hands-on, with greater continuity in faculty, staff, patient and community interaction than training in many in not most urban places.
Benefiting from the best of both worlds, rural training track students and residents have access to community practices as well as some of the most advanced healthcare facilities in the U.S.
Impressions of rural residency.
Adrianne Westmoreland, DO, PGY3
Seneca Lakes Family Medicine Residency Program, Seneca, SC
“This community, this residency, and this type of medicine are exactly what I hoped for when I pursued rural family practice. The opportunity to provide care for an entire family – from the baby I delivered, to the grandmother I transitioned to hospice care – is an invaluable opportunity to make ourselves part of a greater whole.”
Six residents talk about their rural training experiences through the Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency Program in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Pardee Hospital.