Status of the Rural Surgical Workforce

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Rural hospitals are closing at an increasing rate. From 2010 to 2014, 47 rural hospitals closed, affecting 1.5 million people. The presence of surgeons is critical to keeping these hospitals open; to provide initial trauma care, cancer screening, and care to populations that cannot easily travel; and to provide solid general surgery procedures to almost 60 million Americans. Actions to provide surgeons trained for rural practice include exposure of surgery to students in high school (and earlier), recruitment of rural students into medical school, rural rotations in medical school, rural tracts within surgical residencies, and programs to support and retain rural surgeons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)869-877
Number of pages9
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2020


  • Rural healthcare shortages
  • Rural medical workforce
  • Rural surgery
  • Rural surgery education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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