1. Dismiss Notice
  2. Download free Tapatalk for iPhone or Tapatalk for Android for your phone and follow the SDN forums with push notifications.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Visit Interview Feedback to view and submit interview information.

Underprivileged = Underserved?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by DrWily, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. DrWily

    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Messages:
    2,271
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Medical Student
    Sorry if this has been discussed already, I tried to do a quick search, but I admit I'm pretty lazy too.

    Having trouble defining underprivileged communities. I know poor neighborhoods, homeless, etc are underprivileged, but does living in an underserved area also count as underprivileged?

    I'm trying to say that I previously lived in an underprivileged area because I used to reside in a semi-rural town that only had one adult clinic staffed by two physicians. Closest hospital was ~30 min away. Usually a pretty busy wait to get an appointment.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. TriagePreMed

    TriagePreMed Membership Revoked
    Removed 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2010
    Messages:
    6,216
    Likes Received:
    30
    This is interesting. My take would be that an underserved area is underprivileged, but not the other way around necessarily.
     
  4. DrWily

    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Messages:
    2,271
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Medical Student
    I agree with what you said, but what makes a rural area underprivileged? Not privileged with available healthcare or a hospital? Makes it just sound like its underserved. So confused.
     
  5. TriagePreMed

    TriagePreMed Membership Revoked
    Removed 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2010
    Messages:
    6,216
    Likes Received:
    30
    I would have to say availability of resources in general: jobs, food, electricity, water, sanitation, etc. It's open to your interpretation as well. I really doubt that anyone would hear about a rural community without access to health care and doubt it's underprivileged or underserved status.
     
  6. DrWily

    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Messages:
    2,271
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Medical Student
    Thanks :thumbup:
     
  7. costales

    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    Messages:
    2,233
    Likes Received:
    3,010
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    I use this definition for 'underserved':
    http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/shortageareas/index.html
    Medically Underserved Areas/Populations are areas or populations designated by HRSA as having: too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty and/or high elderly population.
     
  8. DrWily

    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Messages:
    2,271
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Medical Student
    Well I understand that, but does that mean the area can also be considered "underprivileged" is my question.

    For the Lolz, I put in my address into that website:
    In a Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area: No
    In a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area: No
    In a Dental Care Health Professional Shortage Area: No
    In a Medically Underserved Area/Population: Yes

    Errr, what? Im assuming its just medically underserved since the hospital/trauma center is so far away.
     

Share This Page