We surveyed graduates of family medicine residencies with
a mission to produce rural physicians to understand
physician characteristics, experiences, and attitudes
that affected their practice location choices.
Influential factors included partner or spouse
characteristics, residency experiences, and practice
community amenities. Some physicians are clearly
self-selected into rural practice, but much needs to be
done, particularly during and after residency training,
to sustain their interests and to encourage other
physicians to embark on rural careers.