Special Needs in Rural America and Implications for Workforce Education and Training

Product type: presentation at the Council on Graduate Medical Education in Washington, DC. June 5, 2019.

Presenter: Erin Fraher, PhD


  • Rural populations less healthy on almost every measure
  • Need to foment a “Copernican Revolution” to reframe GME policyto put patients at center of discussions
  • Need to align training and financing to address rural population’s“essential health care services”
  • Promote generalist training and practice
  • Encourage team-based models of care
  • Develop more community-based training to match shift in care
  • Good news: we can build on “bright spots” and work already underway to address rural health needs and build rural workforce

Check out the full presentation here.