The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina opened in 2011. The single-building campus had one focus:
producing doctors to serve in rural communities. But of its eight graduates so far, only three chose to go where the shortages are most evident. Two went to small cities with populations of fewer than 50,000. And three chose the big cities—Topeka and Wichita. Their decisions illustrate the challenges facing rural recruitment, including a lack of small-town residencies, the preferences of spouses and the isolation that comes with practicing medicine on one’s own, according to Kaiser Health News.
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