Rural rotation of medical students: Move towards reducing health care disparities in Tanzania

G.E. Kapanda, C. Muiruri, A. Kulanga, C.N. Tarimo, E. Lisasi, L. Mimano, J. Bartlett
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Maldistribution of health care workers is a global health challenge that exacerbates health disparities especially in resource-limited settings. Interventions to assuage the problem have targeted qualified personnel with little focus on medical students. However, studies have demonstrated that rural rotations positively influence students to practice in rural settings upon graduation. Within this context, the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College introduced a 13-week clerkship rotation in rural hospitals for third-year medical (MD3) students in 2012.