Osteopathic physicians may ease shortage of rural doctors

03/13/2013 | Washington Post, The

Osteopathic physicians could help relieve the shortage of primary care doctors in rural areas, as the number of U.S. osteopathic medical schools is increasing and they often are located in areas that lead to recruitment of rural applicants. AAFP President-elect Reid Blackwelder said 60% of new osteopathic physicians go into primary care, compared with 24% of medical doctors.

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