Bulletin of the World Health Organization

The Chilean Rural Practitioner Programme: a multidimensional strategy to attract and retain doctors in rural areas

Sebastian Peña, Jorge Ramirez, Carlos Becerra, Jorge Carabantes & Oscar Arteaga

Volume 88, Number 5, May 2010, 371-378

Table 3. Average score of doctors applying for rural jobs according to site category in the Rural Practitioner Programme, Chile

Category of sitea Average score of applicantsb
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
A – most work difficulties 89.2 89.7 86.7 91.9 87.5 91.1
B 86.3 88.3 87.2 90.5 86.4 89.9
C 86.9 87.2 87.2 88.4 87.1 87.8
D 85.5 86.3 85.9 85.7 86.6 85.1
E – least work difficulties 85.2 86.2 84.8 84.2 85.3 82.9

a Sites are graded from A to E according to work difficulty, based on the degree of isolation, geographic and climatic conditions, basic services available, quality and quantity of existing infrastructure and population covered.

b The average score of applicants for rural jobs is calculated based on four parameters: grades (94.5 points), research articles (2 points) and activities (2 points) and voluntary rural clerkship (1.5 points). Maximum points = 100 points.

Source: Unit of Destination and Residencies, Ministry of Health.25

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