Supporting Medical Education Reforms Through Data and Local Advocacy for Rural Pipelines

Rural pipeline programs can be useful tools in medical education reform to benefit counties with the gain of family physicians and production of health professionals. This webinar featuring Dr. John Wheat will explore the role of rural medical educators in further reforming medical education and training and impacting local health care.

Who, What, and Where: Transforming Primary Care Education to Advance Health Equity

To transform primary care with the goal of achieving health equity, changes in the way the health care workforce is selected, trained, and ultimately delivers care should be expedited. Research has repeatedly shown the immense impact of the social determinants of health and the gaps related to health equity in the United States. Despite this knowledge, health care education and delivery systems have been slow to evolve. The Health Resources and Services Administration established the Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement to work towards strengthening the primary care workforce. Through their research, the six individual Academic Units (AU) have identified gaps related to health equity in their areas of focus. This article provides recommendations from the AUs on ways primary care health professions education can be transformed to advance health equity and serves as background for the articles to follow in the remainder of the supplement.

A Framework for Transforming Primary Care Health Care Professions Education and Training to Promote Health Equity

A diverse and well-trained, distributed and resourced primary care workforce is essential for advancing health equity. However, few standardized models exist to guide health care professions education (HCPE) on core competencies regarding understanding and effectively addressing social determinants of health, social injustice, structural barriers, and the high burden of health needs in marginalized populations. We […]

A Design and Dissemination Studio: Building a Scholarly Community of Practice in Rural Health Professions Education and Training

Rural PREP has adapted a process, originally developed for cancer research, to engage community members in a research Design and Dissemination Studio in rural health professions education, enlarging a scholarly community of practice in preparing a future rural health workforce. Longenecker RL, Schmitz D, Pollack SW, Patterson DG. A design and dissemination studio: Building a […]

An Organic Approach to Health Professions Education and Health Equity: Learning in and With Underserved Communities

Since the Flexner Report in 1910, medical education has taken a primarily technical approach to preparing students for science-based medical practice. Adequately addressing the complex problems leading to population health disparities and achieving health equity is not possible through a technical approach to education alone. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, who brought organic architecture to […]

Routes to Rural Readiness: Enhancing Recruitment and Retention of Nurse Practitioners in Rural Primary Care Through Residencies

Encouraging and supporting nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice in rural clinical sites can alleviate rural primary care provider shortages. This study will identify characteristics of successful models of postgraduate NP clinical training programs that support NPs’ transition to rural employment and effective practice through interviews with key stakeholders at rural and rural-serving primary care NP residencies.

Presenting Your Case: Making Use of Telehealth in Rural Practice

This teaching kit featuring work by Van Roper, Phd., RN., FNP-C will showcase the use of the ECHO model to provide meaningful experiential learning and patient care collaborative experience for both primary care providers and health professions students in an interprofessional environment.

Demystifying the Rural Job Search: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

This teaching kit featuring work by Mike Shimmens and Michelle Varcho will help Physician’s Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Physicians untangle the many barriers to their rural job search by introducing tools and resources designed to help those that are looking for rural specific opportunities.

Targeted Medical School Admissions: A Strategic Process for Meeting Our Social Mission

Increased medical school class sizes and new medical schools have not addressed the workforce inadequacies in primary care or underserved settings. This article outlines admissions strategies to recruit students likely to practice in primary care or underserved settings.

Increasing Capacity and Joy in Precepting

In this professional development webinar Dr. Schmidt will share her experience and lessons learned from precepting 3-6 learners in a teaching half-day in the office.