Building a Primary Care Workforce in Rural America

Topic Overview

Graduate medical education (GME) plays a key role in the U.S. health care workforce, defining overall size and specialty distribution, and profoundly influencing practice locations. Approximately 20 percent of the United States populations live in rural areas, a population older than the national average. However, despite $10 billion in annual Medicare funding support, only 5% of graduates from the nation’s residency (GME) training system are entering rural areas on the eve of national insurance expansion. In this forum, an expert panel will review what is known about the challenges facing rural access to care, and the outcomes of ongoing training experiments such as Rural Training Tracks designed to meet the demands of rural access.


Tedd Epperly, MD, FAAFP

Tedd Epperly, MD, FAAFP, is President and CEO at Family Residency of Idaho.

Panel Presentation: Building a Primary Care Workforce in Rural America(12 page PDF)

Amy Elizondo, MPH

Amy Elizondo, MPH, is Vice President of Program Services at the National Rural Health Association.

Panel Presentation: Rural Primary Care Workforce: A National Perspective(13 page PDF)

Randall Longnecker, MD

Randall Longnecker, MD, is Executive Director at The RTT Collaborative and Assistant Dean of the Rural and Underserved Programs and Professor of Family Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Panel Presentation: Rural Training Tracks: A Way Forward(21 page PDF)