Rural health is an important priority in many jurisdictions as an example of social accountability. The choice to practice in a rural community can be influenced by personal factors, educational factors, and systemic factors. Medical education makes significant contribution to rural health by proactively and positively modifying the educational factors. The experience of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Canada is used to illustrate how this can be accomplished. A multi-component approach that is tailored to address the personal and systemic determinants of rural practice must also be developed to maximize the positive impact of medical education on rural health.
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Wong, Roger Y.
"Contribution of Medical Education to Rural Health,"
Marshall Journal of Medicine:
4, Article 4.
Available at: http://mds.marshall.edu/mjm/vol2/iss4/4