Missouri program attempts to stem loss of rural doctors
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5:44 PM, Dec 21, 2010
5:45 PM, Dec 21, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The lack of family practice doctors in rural America has become
a medical crisis. But there's a program in Missouri that's hoping
to turn that around.
Katie Dias is a Doctor of Osteopathy and a success story in that
regard. She’s looking forward to finishing her residency. And
"I'll be practicing in Albany, Missouri in Gentry County," she
If that doesn't sound like the fast track to riches, that's OK
with her. She'll be returning to her home town, which she says
supported her career choice.
"I feel like they invested a lot in me growing up and getting
through school and this is kind of a great way for me to repay
them," she said.
And that's thanks to the
Primo program. The Missouri Department of Health recruits people like Dias
with internships and loan forgiveness, in exchange for the promise
of practicing in underserved areas. Which in this case was a
"It's definitely something that I feel passionately about, to
take care of families. Taking care of families I know I think will
be very rewarding," she said.
She thinks the program is a step in the right direction that may
help stem the bleeding of health care professionals from rural
The key she says, is…"just educating medical students, and
residents also, about rural health care; the rewards of it and the
benefits of it".
Dias says the program has lost some funding recently, but she
would recommend it to students who think they might want to serve
in rural areas.