Increasing recruitment contacts between generalist residents at the Medical College of Georgia and rural and underserved communities

Joseph Hobbs, Connie DuPre, Christopher White, Jack Benjamin, Grace Halstead

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Abstract

To increase the number of residents choosing to practice in rural and underserved areas, the Medical College of Georgia in 1994 created the Office of Recruitment and Retention (ORR) for generalist physicians as part of its participation in The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Generalist Physician Initiative. Its major purpose is to increase the contact between generalist residents and practice opportunities, especially those in rural and underserved areas. The office has helped residents better understand the resources available in rural settings and has helped these communities better understand the needs of graduates in generalist residency programs. It became a point of contact for residents and communities. It also organized on- campus 'practice opportunity fairs' that permitted community representatives to meet formally with generalist residents to provide information on practice opportunities and community resources. The office organized practice management sessions and provided legal consultation to residents desiring to enter private practice in rural settings. This program has already been instrumental in furthering contact between generalist residents and the rural communities they selected as clinical practice sites during training. Although it is too early to know the impact of these activities, communities increasingly use the office to recruit generalist physicians, and residents use it to identify appropriate practice sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S131-S132
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume74
Issue number1 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1999

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