Dispatches from rural surgeons
The role of critical access hospitals in providing access to health care in rural areas is assessed, along with the financial benefits of facilities.
An overview of the conflicting data on the shortage of rural surgeons and potential solutions to the dilemma are the focus of this month’s column.
Challenges resulting from small hospital closures are summarized, as are solutions to sustain these facilities.
Two legislative issues of importance to rural surgeons—the Ensuring Access to General Surgery Act and the Critical Access Hospital 96-hour rule—are summarized.
A surgeon-led program in Montana helps rural surgeons with limited resources provide patients with local access to surgical care.
More in this category
- Diamonds in the rough—a case for rural surgery rotations
- Rural surgery: High pressure but rewarding
- Rural surgery and the volume dilemma
- The joy of teaching as a rural surgeon
- Skills course helps rural surgeons stay current
- ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery hard at work
- Improving access to surgical care in rural America: An interview with J. David Richardson
- The North Dakota Rural Surgery Support Program: Providing surgical services to communities in need
- Responding to the need for rural general surgery training sites: A how-to
- Guam surgeons face unique challenges
- ACS intervenes to resolve questions about the 96-hour rule
- ACS rural listserv: An “underdog” success story
- Rural surgery is a global issue: The perspective of an Argentine surgeon
- Students need exposure to the joys of rural surgery
- Rural surgery in “The Great White North”— universal care or universal challenge?