Do you think that America has a problem with physician accessibility in urban and low-income areas?

If so, how do you personally think is the best way to solve for it? Do you think it is about giving incentives to medical students/residents to pursue practicing in low-income areas or does it go much deeper than that? What practices and programs does BCM have to encourage their medical graduates to go into areas where most physicians would not want to enter?

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Dear Anonymous,

I do think that America has a problem with physician accessibility in urban, rural and low income areas. There are many strategies that have been somewhat successful. For instance, strategic recruitment of students from rural and underserved communities increases the likelihood that after graduation these physicians will return to practice in those communities. Loan repayment has also reduced the barriers to practicing in a low income area.

I think students need to work with physicians who are passionate about the work they do and the care they provide to underserved populations. Baylor students have the opportunity to train in public hospitals and clinics and to be taught by role models who have chosed to work with the medically underserved.