Rural Family Medicine Residency Training Follow-Up Survey Regarding Amount and Types of Rural Training Experiences


This two-year project updated an earlier WWAMI RHRC study of family medicine residency training in rural areas of the United States. In 2000 we conducted a national survey of all family medicine residency training programs in the nation to identify the type and extent of residency training that actually took place in rural locations. This study administered a follow-up mail survey to all family medicine residency training programs (about 440) using an instrument that was modified slightly to add a few key questions. This allowed us to examine changes since 2000 in the number of programs located in rural places, the nature of these programs, funding sources and staff configurations, as well as the amount of time that training takes place in federally funded health centers and other types of facilities.