Abstract

Lack of access to health care coupled with a severe shortage of physicians is on the forefront of much debate nationally and internationally. Rural areas often suffer the most. Innovations in medical education, such as the creation of rural immersion rotations, are attempting to solve this health crisis. The purpose of this study was to investigate and analyze the narrative writings of 36 fourth–year medical students and primary care residents that participated in a rural immersion rotation in the Mississippi Delta. A grounded theory data analysis led to the emergence of four central themes: Positive reflections of the experience, community health, limited access to health care, and alteration of prior perceptions. The findings of this research provide rich data from the perspective of the medical student and resident. This study concluded that the use of narrative inquiry was beneficial within the rural immersion experience, and the experience positively influenced and impacted medical students and residents.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2157-1740
Print ISSN
2157-1732
Pages
pp. 55-64
Launched on MUSE
2012-05-18
Open Access
No
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