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Attracting Doctors to Rural Practices, This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs Sunday, Oct.9, at 2 p.m. on WFYI, 90.1FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website

Medical students visit the boondocks. What does it take to lure young doctors to a country practice? Student loan repayment is one inducement. But that’s not the only appeal of rural medicine. Eric Whitney from Colorado Public Radio will report on the Colorado University program that, among other things, takes medical students to visit small towns, where they can discover if a country life is right for them.  

Rural medicine training programs. Indiana’s medical school offers a rural medicine track. Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis will meet with Peter Duong, Ph.D., who designed the rural medicine program at Indiana University. Dr. Duong will discuss the healthcare problems endemic to rural areas: economic and educational disparities, occupational hazards, and a shortage of conveniently accessible clinics and hospitals. Dr. Duong directs IU’s center for medical education in Terre Haute.

A drug that stops alcoholic cravings. What if there was a drug that allowed alcoholics to drink in moderation? Nalmefene, a Danish drug developed in the 1970’s, does just that. By curbing a craving for alcohol, the drug’s purpose is to get people to drink less, not to enforce abstinence. IU alcoholism researcher David Crabb, M.D., will discuss the drug’s effectiveness. Dr. Crabb chairs the Department of Medicine at Indiana University.

A doctor for the homeless. Alisia Munoz, M.D., might well wish the world didn’t need her medical specialty. Dr. Munoz treats inner-city homeless residents. She will join Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D., to discuss what makes her work so challenging and rewarding. Dr. Munoz is the medical director for HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program, based in Indianapolis.

For more information on this show or archived editions, check the Sound Medicine website.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM). Sound Medicine is underwritten by Indiana University Health Physicians, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Did You Know is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

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