rural health

Family Providers Question Potential Changes to OHSU's Rural Curriculum

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The school is expanding its rural clerkships, with many new positions in specialty practices

April 1, 2013 – While Oregon Health & Sciences University is pushing for free tuition to students who choose to serve in underserved areas – including rural Oregon – it's also revising its curriculum in ways some doctors fear will affect rural rotations, also called clerkships.

Legislature May Narrow Rural Tax Credit for Doctors

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The House Health Committee approved a $1 million loan forgiveness plan for medical students dedicated to serving in rural areas


March 13, 2013 — Legislators heard two bills on Monday that would make it easier for doctors and other healthcare providers to practice in rural Oregon.

Rural Oregon Losing Dentists

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Few new graduates find rural areas appealing because of their debt load

November 10, 2011 -- The days of selling a private dental practice in rural Oregon are coming to an end, in part, because of the overwhelming debt faced by new graduates.

Dr. Gary Brooks knows that well. In the past ten years, he’s been approached by only three dentists interested in buying his practice, and none of them came back with an actual offer.

“With the amount of loans new dentists come out of school with, they can’t afford to buy a practice,” said Brooks, who’s been practicing in Willamina since 1975.


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