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Medical School-Duluth first in graduating rural M.D.s

The Medical School-Duluth Campus specializes in educating students committed to practicing primary care and serving the health-care needs of rural communities. (Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Vesely)The University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus ranks first among schools graduating M.D.s who practice in rural areas and second among the 18 allopathic and osteopathic medical schools reviewed in a study published in the April issue of Academic Medicine.

The authors examined a 10-year group of practicing M.D.s and D.O.s who graduated from medical school between 1988 and 1997.

According to the study, 36 percent of University medical graduates who completed their first two years on the Duluth campus and finished in the Twin Cities became physicians in rural communities, although James Boulger, Ph.D., the Duluth school’s director of alumni relations, says the figure is actually 50 percent.

The authors found that only 10 medical schools had more than 25 percent of their graduates in rural practice. Among the medical school graduates in the cohort studied, only 11 percent were working in rural locations.

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