Updated: Jul 12, 2021
The geographic maldistribution of primary care physicians is a problem in the United States. Rural areas particularly lack access to primary care physicians and other shortage specialties compared to urban and suburban areas. One of the most promising solutions to this problem is increasing physician training in rural areas. Congress has made some progress in this area (e.g. the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (GME) program), but vastly more is needed to support rural training.