Dispatches from rural surgeons
ACS rural listserv: An “underdog” success story(Comments Off)
The rural listserv—which is the focus of this month’s column—has successfully connected rural surgeons as a group while also engaging them with the ACS leadership.
The challenges and benefits of practicing surgery in rural Argentina are highlighted in this column.
Overcoming barriers to recruiting rural surgeons are addressed in this article, including mentoring, exposing students to rural career earlier in their careers, and recruiting more students from rural backgrounds.
Access to timely, affordable, and quality surgical care is an ongoing challenge for Canadians, particularly those individuals living in rural communities. This column highlights several factors that affect the provision of rural surgical services in Canada, including training, certification and licensing issues, and challenges related to recruitment and retention.
Rural surgeons should be capable of providing emergency care for specialty surgical problems as well as for general surgery conditions. Several educational opportunities are currently available for residents to develop a wide range of skills, and this column provides an overview of some of these training models, including rural surgery rotations, dedicated training tracks, the immersion approach, and fellowship opportunities.
More in this category
- A Regent’s perspective
- College leaders answer the question, “Why is rural surgery an important issue now?”
- The value of chapter membership: The rural surgeon’s perspective