Does Training Physicians in Rural Areas Lead to Rural Practice?

Researchers analyzed data on the training and placement of 12,162 clinically active physicians who completed an accredited family medicine residency between 2008 and 2012. They found that more than 90 percent of residents had no rural training during that time and only 14 percent practiced in a rural location by 2018.  But the data showed that rural exposure during family medicine residency training is associated with a 5- to 6-fold increase in subsequent rural practice.