Osteopathic Physicians: An Answer To Rural Health Care Needs?

Kaiser Health News staff writer Ankita Rao, working in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: "With a tradition more than 100 years old, osteopathic physicians are hardly the new doctors in town. But the profession's recent growth -- in both training facilities and number of graduates -- could help reverse a looming shortage of primary-care providers that experts say will hit rural communities especially hard" (Rao, 3/11). Read the story. Also, check out the sidebar, The Mainstreaming Of Osteopathic Medicine, and watch the related video.

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