In February, Randall Longenecker MD, Rural Program Director, welcomed participants to the Rural Health Conclave for rural doctors and those students on the Rural Training Track. Participants toured clinics and hospitals, listened to lectures, shared stories and made plans for the future.
The Ohio State University Rural Program is one of less than 25 unique rural training track graduate medical education programs across the country. Since June 2000, the program has graduated 15 physicians, all of whom are serving in either rural or underserved urban communities. Residents spend all three years in clinical practice in Logan County, Ohio. This small town continuity practice is interspersed with periodic training in pediatrics, medical intensive care, cardiology, and sports medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center and at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.
Framed around a model of professional development called "reflective practice," the program emphasizes the life-long importance of creatively integrating learning and practice.