Meredith Fordyce, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the UW's WWAMI Rural Health Research Center. Through her work in the WWAMI RHRC, she has almost 20 years experience in rural health research. During this time Dr. Fordyce has worked on a wide array of projects dealing with such issues as national rural and urban trends in maternal and child health, diabetes care, malpractice, access to anesthesia services, use of home oxygen for obstructive lung disease in rural areas, rural health workforce and the role of international medical graduates in rural areas. She was also involved in the development of the ZIP-level Rural-Urban Commuting Areas (RUCA) codes. Her most recent work describes national physician supply and distribution, concentrating on conditions in rural areas. Dr. Fordyce has expertise in working with large databases, projects with shifting levels of analysis, database design and definitions of rurality. Her research interests include rural health workforce policy issues and rural taxonomies. She earned her doctorate at the University of Washington in Medical Geography, completed the Health Services Doctoral Opportunities Program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and was the recipient of a two-year fellowship from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.