Inspiring Rural High School Students to Consider Careers in Medicine and the Health Professions

  • Morgan Cari Dunn Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Norma Susswein Saks, Ed.D. Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Keywords: Rural High School Students, Medical School, Health Professions, Pipeline

Abstract

The United States is experiencing a physician shortage and rural areas are especially impacted. Programs exist to recruit college and medical students to work in rural areas, but few programs are focused on the high school “pipeline.”  Medical students, residents and physicians who have lived in rural areas are more likely to practice in those areas. This article describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of a workshop to educate rural high school students about preparing for health professions careers. Evaluations of the workshop were positive and indicated increased knowledge and interest in careers in medicine and health professions. It is somewhat promising that even a brief educational program has the potential to increase interest of rural high school students to pursue medical or health professions careers, and perhaps ultimately increase the number of those practicing in rural areas. The authors discuss limitations and suggest changes for future workshop presentations.

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Author Biography

Norma Susswein Saks, Ed.D., Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Professor Emerita Rutgers University

Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Published
2020-09-11
How to Cite
Dunn, M. C., & Saks, N. S. (2020). Inspiring Rural High School Students to Consider Careers in Medicine and the Health Professions. The Rural Educator, 41(2), 64-69. https://doi.org/10.35608/ruraled.v41i2.867
Section
Promising Practices