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From: The influences of background on beginning medical students’ perceptions of rural medical practice

Urban background “The professional skills of a doctor may also benefit from lack of funding and resources, encouraging creative treatment methods and ideas.”
“Rural hospital is likely to lack the same resources found in a metropolitan area……this limitation forces a doctor to become more innovative, relying on their knowledge and that of their peers to improve patient outcomes.”
Rural background “…forced to adapt to the new situation; developing new skills that would not be in the skill set of urban doctors …towns with less sophisticated technology will allow for practitioners to develop new skill set.”
“Rural doctors tend to treat more patients due to the shortages experienced in remote areas. As a result, rural doctors have become efficient in diagnosing patients with the absence of additional evidence by developing history taking skills and additional research skills.”