Rural Risk Reduction Strategies From Real-Life Case Studies

Course description

Time: 12-1 p.m.

Rural healthcare professionals face an array of challenges in their practices and facilities. The closure of facilities and dropping numbers of clinicians has created a lack of access to care. In addition, those working in primary care may struggle to get patients to the appropriate care due to a lack of local specialists. This puts greater stress on the healthcare professionals in these areas, leading to greater incidence of burnout.

Dr. Mark Woodring, Assistant Dean for Rural Health at the Oklahoma State Center for Rural Health, will present on the challenges of lack of access, specialty disparities and burnout, offering strategies to push back against these common problems. He will also discuss proactive ways that a practice can handle transition years when approaching the retirement of a physician or clinician and methods for creating a rural physician pipeline in your community.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • List elements of a comprehensive action plan designed to alleviate lack of access and specialty disparities in rural communities
  • Describe strategies to reduce higher burnout rates of rural physicians
  • Review an example of a local quality improvement process designed to better prepare rural physicians for transitioning to retirement and handling “near-retirement” years
  • Identify steps to form a successful rural physician pipeline in your community

Target audience

Physician and clinician policyholders


There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

CME information

ISMS logo This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company. The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of [node:course-credit:ama:max] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Illinois Nurse Practice Act rules deem CME credit provided by approved sponsors as acceptable to fulfill nursing continuing education requirements for licensure. Nurses may claim one contact hour per unit of CME in the state of Illinois.

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