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Just What Are Rural Premedical Students Thinking? A Report of the First 6 Years of a Pathways Program
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2010
© 2010 National Rural Health Association
The Journal of Rural Health
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 97–99, Winter 2010
How to Cite
Crump, W. J., Fricker, R. S. and Crump, A. M. (2010), Just What Are Rural Premedical Students Thinking? A Report of the First 6 Years of a Pathways Program. The Journal of Rural Health, 26: 97–99. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0361.2009.00257.x
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 4 JAN 2010
- medical students;
- physician pipeline;
- premedical education
Purpose: To assess outcomes of the first 6 years of a program designed to facilitate medical school admission for rural premedical students.
Methods: Students completing the University of Louisville School of Medicine Trover Rural Scholar program were surveyed using a 23-item survey.
Findings: Twenty-two of the 24 (92%) students responded. Overall, 12 (55%) were in the physician pipeline (medical students or re-applying to medical school) and 10 (45%) had left the physician pipeline for other careers (7 were pursuing other health care careers). Differences between the 2 groups included income expectations and perceptions of intellectual challenges and physicians’ job satisfaction.
Conclusions: Attrition can be explained by student interests, maturation and influences of pre-professional advisors and practicing physicians. Successful pipeline programs should address these issues.