Geographic Variation in Rheumatology Workforce

Session Type: ACR Study Groups
Tuesday, November 8, 2011: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
W183a (McCormick Place West)

Session Overview:
This study group will present findings on geographic variation in the rheumatology workforce. The Lewin group has provided workforce data on the supply of rheumatologists. During this session, the distribution of rheumatologists will be described, identifying areas of the country with few or no rheumatologists to serve substantial population areas (micropolitans). Additionaly, for these areas, the study group will identify the distance to nearest practicing rheumatologist.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • discuss the impact of rheumatology workforce distribution on delivery of care
  • identify potentially underserved areas of the county for rheumatology care
  • extrapolate on potential interventions to reduce the number of underserved populations

1:00 PM
Distribution of the Rheumatology Workforce: Identifying Areas of Underserved Populations
John D. FitzGerald, UCLA School Med Rehab #32-59, Los Angeles, CA
1:20 PM
The Rural Rheumatologist
Cynthia A. Weaver, Rapid City Medical Center, Rapid City, SD
1:40 PM
Using Telemedicine to Treat Patients in Remote Locations
Eric D. Newman, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
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