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Invited Commentary
September 2013

Rural Surgery Is Global Surgery: Seeking Solutions to the Growing Surgical Workforce Crisis

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital, and Health System, University of California–Davis, Sacramento
JAMA Surg. 2013;148(9):821-822. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.2707

Surgery is a critical component of health care. Most would not disagree. However, many see surgery as reserved for severe, complex cases rather than as the normal extension of primary care that it is. The concept of rural health is a fairly new one, as clinicians and medical educators alike raise awareness of the particular demands of, directed training necessary for, and current shortage of providers in rural medicine. The related concept of rural surgery is still in its infancy. A handful of residency programs are now striving to create rural training options that encourage residents toward rural surgery and prepare them for the unique and diverse surgical challenges they will encounter.