Fall Faculty Development Day
Sat., Oct. 15, 2016
The course meets once a month and follows a seminar format with guest speakers who have expertise in particular fields of rural medicine. Participants learn about the challenges, rewards, and unique opportunities provided by medical practice in a small community. Students are expected to understand issues related to the personal lives of rural health care workers such as: working conditions, lifestyle, salaries, practice models, and loan repayment opportunities.
Students train in primary care offices in host communities, working side-by-side with community physicians. Students meet with community leaders from various agencies including: state assembly, public health, hospital administration, behavioral health and hospice. These community leaders provide detailed information regarding the state of health, healthcare, and health policy in the host community. Students provide mentorship to high school students, strengthening a pipeline from the host community to our medical school. In addition, students are expected to spend a half day giving back to the community through scheduled volunteer activities.
Students complete three required clinical rotations (Family Medicine, Emergency and Surgery), along with elective time (4-12 weeks) with board-certified physicians in small town communities throughout the region. Students receive hands-on, individualized training with local attendings. Clinical training is coupled with opportunities to develop community service, practice management, and population health management skills.