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Rural / Northern Health Research




Link between Rural Medical Education and Rural Medical Practice Location: Literature Review and Synthesis
R.W. Pong and D. Heng*

Rural medical education refers to medical education at the undergraduate or graduate levels that takes place in a rural setting for varying lengths of time and with a rural focus. The study is an extensive review of the pertinent literature and a synthesis of major findings.

The study reviews the evidence surrounding rural medical education and how it contributes to future rural practice location decisions in order to inform policy decisions and program planning. More specifically, it:

1.
Examines how the length of rural medical education (ranging from a couple of weeks to one or more years) contributes to future rural practice location;

2.
Examines whether there are differences in rural medical education at the undergraduate level versus the graduate level in terms of rural practice location;

3.
Examines whether there are differences between family medicine training in rural areas and specialty training in rural areas in terms of rural practice location; and

4.
Identifies lessons learned and gaps in knowledge.


(commissioned by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)

[To read the Final Report of "The Link between Rural Medical Education and Rural Medical Practice Location: Literature Review and Synthesis", please visit our Online Reports page.]



(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff. Names with an * denote former CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)