Interdisciplinary training for rural care: Some North American experiences
This editorial emphasizes forging strong rural community-campus partnerships as a context for rural health professional education. An important aspect of this rural training initiative is the goal of simultaneously developing and enhancing rural health care delivery. The ways in which universal issues of rural life mix with local culture and health needs require training programs and delivery of services that are sensitive to these universals but are locally specific. In addition, there are major differences between urban- and rural-based interdisciplinary training experiences. Rural training experiences put students on the front line, creating needed services and, inevitably, require them to grapple with universal issues related to space, economics, health policy, and so forth, which work against the viability of rural services and against efforts to work across disciplinary lines to improve services.
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