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Physician Shortages in Medically Underserved Areas: Fostering Inclusive Healthcare Through the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways Programs

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Shortages of primary care physicians in medically underserved areas are well-documented across the United States. Medical schools are developing curricular innovations to prepare primary care physicians for medical practice in rural and urban underserved communities. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Sharon Casapulla and Dr. Alyssa Gerth talk about the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) Programs at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM). RUSP adopts an asset-driven, place-based, and narrative orientation to the practice of medicine. Its goal is to prepare future physicians to foster inclusive healthcare. Dr. Casapulla is the Director of RUSP and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Social Medicine at OUHCOM. Dr. Gerth is a graduate of OUHCOM and RUSP and a resident physician at the Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Program.

You can read an article about RUSP in an article published in Health Communication at: