Komal Kochhar

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What Factors Influence the Choice of Residency Graduates to Serve in Medically Underserved Areas or Health Professional Shortage Areas?

Dr. Komal Kochhar is the Director of Educational Affairs Data Analytics and the Director of Research in Medical Education in the Dean’s Office of Educational Affairs. She is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

In order to plan effective healthcare workforce development initiatives, it is important to understand the reasons why the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) residency and fellowship graduates choose to practice in specific locations. Understanding where the IUSM residents and fellows go after completing their training, and understanding the factors that affect those decisions has become very important, especially due to the shortage and mal-distribution of physicians in Indiana. Dr. Kochhar’s research has been used by institutional officials and state policymakers for strategic planning to improve residency training programs and to develop incentives for the resident physicians to remain in Indiana and to practice in medically underserved areas.