Spencer co-authors article about rural health disparities in Quarterly Magazine

Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, co-authored an article in the Fall 2023 issue of Quarterly Magazine, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s alumni publication, that outlines rural health disparities and highlights programs in the School of Medicine and Public Health designed to alleviate them. 

In “Easing Rural Health Disparities” (page 40), Spencer and co-author Jillian Landeck, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, discuss the ongoing challenges to health care access in rural Wisconsin and outline the UW SMPH programs developed to help address the disparities in Wisconsin: 

“The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) is recognized as a national leader for its long tradition of supporting residency programs that train outstanding physicians for rural Wisconsin.... In 2017, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology began the nation’s first rural track in this field. Trainees gain six months of rural experience in Wisconsin. Funding through the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program and Wisconsin DHS has helped create and support these tracks.” 

Read the whole article here