Primary care health professions education occurring with rural communities in rural locations is critically important to rural workforce recruitment and retention. This presentation seeks to engage our colleagues from the perspectives of a rural medical educator, an AHEC leader, and a rural workforce specialist. Each presenter works with rural communities to develop and sustain quality educational experiences in rural communities. This team has also contributed to the development of a new research tool aimed at better understanding best practices and overcoming barriers to rural health professions education. A description of this project will provide early learning points from which we hope further discussion will ensue. The Health Professions Education for Rural Communities (HPERC)) Community Apgar Project allows communities to identify and weigh factors important in health professions education. Whether a rural community is new to having students or has had long standing success working with health professions schools, the new HPERC questionnaire and process is designed to provide a community with a differential diagnosis of modifiable factors for improving success. It is hoped that the research outcomes of this project will advance rural health professions education more broadly. The HPERC tool is based on a series of Community Apgar research projects intended to provide research outcomes while empowering rural communities to achieve rural workforce goals.
Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Assess the role of health professions education in rural communities for providing a rural workforce
- Identify factors used in the HPERC
- Summarize ways in which medical educators, AHEC leaders, and workforce specialists can work together
- Join in activities and deliberations of the Rural PREP community of practice in rural primary care health professions education and training