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Table 5 Typology category 2: studies examining rural work destination of graduates of rural medical schools (i.e. medical education provided completely in a rural place)

From: A scoping review of the association between rural medical education and rural practice location

Authorship and location Sample and method Major findings Discussion points/limitations
Inoue et al. [43] Japan: Jichi Medical School (JMS) 1 871 JMS graduates. Postal survey. ‘Almost 100%’ response. 792 (42%) graduates working in rural prefectures. Cannot compare with other Japanese medical schools as data not collected. Entrance exam focused on students intending to return to home prefecture.
Magnus and Tollan [44] Norway: Tromso School of Medicine Northern Norway 417 Tromso graduates. Postal survey. 84.2% response. 56.1% were working in ‘remote areas’/Northern Norway. 43.3% were reportedly raised in Northern Norway.
Sen Gupta et al. [32] Australia: James Cook University 530 JCU graduates. Longitudinal cohort study of graduates. 1–7 years following graduation. 59% worked rural at some point compared with 40% metro. Approximately 14% had a bonded scholarship. Those with rural hometown and rural internship were most likely to work rural.
Stratton et al. [45] USA: University of North Dakota School of Medicine (UNDSM) 2230 UNDSM graduates postal survey. 41% response. 29.5% work in communities of 25 000 or fewer people. Study focused on impact of curriculum expansion on retention of North Dakotan students in North Dakota practice following graduation.