Date: June 6, 2022
In general, physicians are disproportionately White and male compared to the U.S. workforce and population, but little is known about racial and ethnic distribution of family physicians (FPs) according to rurality and how this compares to urban FPs. The objective was to determine the distribution of FPs in rural areas by race/ethnicity and also whether rural minority physicians were more likely to be in underserved rural areas.
- The family physician workforce is becoming more racially diverse; however, non-metropolitan family physicians are not.
- Early career family physicians are more diverse than later career physicians.
- Minority non-metropolitan family physicians, particularly Black and Native American/Alaska Native physicians, are more likely to practice in persistent poverty counties.
Lars E. Peterson, MD, PhD
Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
Additional Resources of Interest:
- More information about the Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
- More information from the Rural Health Information Hub’s topic guides: Healthcare Access in Rural Communities, Rural Healthcare Workforce, Recruitment and Retention for Rural Health Facilities, Rural Health Disparities
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