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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2011, Volume 13, Number 5: 269-330.

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May 2011 Contents

The Country Doctor

Ethics Poll

Country doctors have been portrayed in novels, film, and television as kindly, understanding people who put the welfare of patients before their own comfort, make house calls at any time of day or night, and share the lifestyle of those they treat. Which of the following best expresses your opinion of that image?
Many rural areas in the U.S., designated as Medical Professional Shortage Areas (MPSAs), do not have the number of primary care physicians they need to serve the population. How do you think this maldistribution of physicians should be redressed? (Check all that apply.)

From the Editor

The Clinical, Professional, and Social Challenges of Practicing Rural Medicine
Kathleen K. Miller
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:271-272.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

The Overlapping Roles of the Rural Doctor
Commentary by Mark A. Graber
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:273-277.

Rural Primary CareŚWorking Outside the Comfort Zone
Commentary by William A. Nelson and Cathleen E. Morrow
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:278-281.

Patient Privacy and Mental Health Care in the Rural Setting
Commentary by Tom Townsend
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:282-286.

Medical Education

Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine—An Initiative to Increase Physician Workforce in Rural Wisconsin
Byron J. Crouse
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:287-290.

Journal Discussion

Recognizing and Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Medicine
Tiffany L. Shih and Joshua J. Goldman
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:291-294.

Clinical Pearl

Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis
Bogdan Cherascu
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:295-298.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Ethical and Regulatory Considerations in Prescribing RU-486
Alyssa Parrish
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:299-303.

Policy Forum

Federal and State Initiatives to Recruit Physicians to Rural Areas
Daniel G. Mareck
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:304-309.

Medicine and Society

Balancing Prestige with Personal Satisfaction and Social Need in Specialty Choice
Kimberly S. Ephgrave
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:310-313.

History, Art, and Narrative

Medical Narrative

Mumbai to Detroit to Huntington, West VirginiaŚA Foreign Medical Graduate in Rural America
Kalpana Miriyala
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:314-316.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

A Case for Special Programs to Expand the Ranks of Rural Physicians
Doug Campos-Outcalt
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:317-319.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:320-327.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:328-330.