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Rural Health Research Funding Competition

We are pleased to announce the first annual Rural Health and Distributed Medical Education Research Funding Competition.

All applicants for this competition must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by March 31, 2019 outlining the proposed project has a direct link to DME or rural health.

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Perspectives of Urban First Year Medical Students in Choosing Practice Location

There is a chronic shortage of physicians in rural areas in Canada. Medical students of rural origin are likely to establish a rural practice, but little is known about how students from an urban background determine their eventual practice location. The current study gathered data about first year students’ past experiences and plans for future medical practice.

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The Impact of Rural Rotations on Urban Based Postgraduate Learners

The chronic shortage of physicians working in rural areas is a global problem. A common strategy by medical educational institutions to address this issue is the rural rotation. Canadian rural based family medicine programs include a minimum 6 months of postgraduate rural exposure, with urban based residency programs recommended to provide at least 8 weeks of rural training. Despite these strategies, there has been little improvement in the distribution of rural physicians. This review assesses the published evidence for the impact of rural rotations on urban based postgraduate learners.

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Recruitment and retention of physicians in rural Alberta: Spousal perspective

Students often have research questions on arrival to the CSM. Lana Myroniuk had one about the impact of rural practice on the spouse or partner of the doctor. After creating a survey and presenting these findings at FMF, she spearheaded a mixed methods research project funded and supported by DLRI. As a first year resident she was a first author on a peer reviewed publication presented in the Journal of Rural and Remote Health.