Creating a community of rural and global physicians interested in improving health in resource-limited areas around the world
To increase awareness of the needs for rural practitioners in the younger population of medical trainees and practitioners, and to provide support and direction in both training and careers for those who are interested in practicing in rural communities both nationally and internationally.
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Ben Nevis in Winter.
Fort William, Scotland. Home of the Belford Hospital, NHS.
Courtesy of D Sedgewick
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Promote interest in rural surgery amongst medical students, residents, and young practitioners
Increase awareness of job and training opportunities in rural areas for medical trainees, especially in surgery
Promote professional connections between rural surgeons and medical trainees in the form of mentorship and observerships
Promote relationships between medical schools and rural communities
Find methods by which surgical return of service for underserved populations can be increased
Connect rural surgeons with other rural practitioners and develop team-centered approaches to rural medicine and advocacy for rural issues
Provide a community for the spouses and families of young rural surgeons
Bring awareness of the role played by and efforts of the Advisory Council of Rural Surgery to the ACS for physicians working in rural areas
Assist young rural surgeons and practitioners in developing functional lifestyles while establishing new rural practices
"Take a job that you love"