TQ TeleConnection- July 2018
Rural Health Voices: Tracing new pathways to rural practice
Mirroring trends across the country, Massachusetts has had its share of health, economic, and social inequalities between — and within — its urban and rural populations. In response to these gaps, in 2000 the University of Massachusetts Medical School initiated an optional enrichment program, Rural Health Scholars Pathway (RHSP), to offer students hands-on experience in rural and small towns.
RHSP students participate in clinical placements in a range of provider locations developed to treat traditionally underserved populations. Monthly seminars complement these placements, with topics reflecting student interests and offering skill sessions, as well as discussing the realities of rural medicine from a professional and personal standpoint. Advanced practice nurses also participate, making the pathway interprofessional.
National Rural Health Association (6/18/18)
Suzanne B. Cashman, ScD, MS; Linda Cragin, MS; and Rebecca Kasper, MPH