The AAFP recommends the following:
The AAFP supports partnerships between academic medical centers and rural communities to train rural physicians. These partnerships should be encouraged by financial incentives on the state and federal level. They should also be supported by the AAFP constituent chapters.
The AAFP recognizes that increasing the family physician supply will increase the rural physician supply, since family physicians are more likely than any others to enter rural practice. Thus, the AAFP supports legislative initiatives that support family medicine education, such as Title VII of the United States Public Service Act and the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) system. Preferences and priorities for Title VII funding should specifically encourage the production of rural physicians.
The AAFP and National Rural Health Association have developed a joint statement that supports the above conclusions.
(B1991) (2010 COD)
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