Rural clinical experiences for emergency medicine residents: a curriculum template

Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Nov;19(11):1287-93. doi: 10.1111/acem.12007.


Rural emergency departments (EDs) in the United States are less likely to be staffed with emergency medicine (EM) residency-trained and American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM)-certified physicians than urban EDs. Rural EM clinical experiences during residency training have been suggested as a strategy to encourage future rural practice, but past Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine program requirements and a lack of familiarity with rural rotations in the EM graduate medical education (GME) community have limited their availability. To provide a template for the development and implementation of a rural EM clinical experience, Kern's six-step approach was followed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / organization & administration
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment
  • Quality Control
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Rural Population
  • United States