Nonprofit seeks to recruit doctors for rural, underserved communities - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Nonprofit seeks to recruit doctors for rural, underserved communities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville-based nonprofit is working to recruit and retain doctors to fill more than 600 vacant positions in rural and underserved areas in the state.

Employers in small towns say it's hard to find doctors and the population can suffer from a lack of access to medical care.

The Rural Partnership oversees a state stipend program that provides money for doctors who are willing to work in those areas.

The stipend recently increased to $25,000 a year to attract more participants.

The partnership launched in April an online matching program that links doctors to openings in those underserved areas.

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