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UC Davis Rural PRIME Medical Education Program

Plumas District Hospital has partnered with UC Davis School of Medicine to offer an innovative training program for third and fifth year medical students with local primary care physicians. Read more about the Rural Partners in Medical Education Program. 

California is facing a huge shortage of physicians. Twenty percent of the population in California lives in rural areas, but only nine percent of physicians practice rurally. With these disparities, rural patients have poorer outcomes on several measures than their urban counterparts: higher levels of chronic conditions, higher rates of hospitalizations and higher rates of cancer deaths. Rural-PRIME was developed to address the lack of access in rural areas, and to reduce health care disparities in rural populations.