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CDC Public Grand Rounds

Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care

Antibiotics save millions of lives. Infectious bacterial diseases that were once deadly are now treatable with antibiotics. Unfortunately, 30 percent of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary and potentially dangerous. Antibiotics can cause side-effects ranging from mild to severe. Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health issue. Each year around 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic resistant infections in the US.

Our speakers will discuss efforts to measure and improve antibiotic prescribing through antibiotic stewardship so that these medications are only prescribed when needed. Antibiotic stewardship also aims to ensure that the right antibiotic, dose, and duration are selected when they are needed. Join us to hear lessons learned from improving antibiotic use in pediatrics, and what providers and health systems can do to improve use for adults.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
1:00 PM ET

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Care Coordination – A Rural Perspective

Care Coordination – A Rural Perspective

Northeast Tennessee Community Collaborative

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Bring your lunch and join us to learn how one rural agency is accomplishing transitions of care. Jill Talbert, RN and Clinical Director for Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) will lead the discussion and share how SVCHS got started in care coordination and what works best for them today.

Invite friends and colleagues who are involved with care transition. Session will included time for guests to share their rural care coordination experience and network with one another.

Date:
Wed, April 25, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Location:
Bank of Tennessee
3rd Floor Board Room
100 Med Tech Parkway
Johnson City, TN 37604

Link to registration:

 

Women in Rural Family Medicine

Article published in Rural and Remote Health:

Women in rural family medicine: a qualitative exploration of practice attributes that promote physician satisfaction

ABSTRACT

Introduction:  The USA needs more rural physicians. Although women represent half of all US trained medical students, the rural physician workforce has remained predominantly male. Insight is needed into what makes rural practice attractive for women and which practice characteristics allow women physicians to practice successfully in rural areas. This study’s purpose was to examine aspects of the practice environment that impact women physicians’ professional satisfaction and commitment to rural medicine.
Methods:  Twenty-five women family physicians practicing in rural areas of the USA were interviewed by phone using a semi-structured format. Transcribed interviews were analyzed using an immersion and crystallization approach. Emergent themes were identified, coded, and discussed until team consensus was attained. Interviews continued until saturation of themes was reached.
Results:  Three themes emerged from the data, in relationship to practice and employment attributes that contribute to US women physicians’ professional satisfaction and willingness to remain in a rural setting: professional relationships, practice characteristics, and support during times of transition. Participants placed high importance on professional relationships, both within and outside of their rural practice. Rural women physicians enjoyed practicing an expanded scope of care, valued loan repayment opportunities, and appreciated supportive practice partners. Importantly, women physicians who found themselves struggling to maintain rural careers often had experienced difficulty during times of practice transition, including maternity leaves.
Conclusions:  Understanding practice attributes valued by successful rural women family physicians in the USA will help rural health systems, practices, and physicians-in-training to develop and evaluate opportunities that will best contribute to successful rural practice. Supporting women physicians during periods of practice transition may improve retention.

LINK TO THE FULL ARTICLE

Hustedde C, Paladine H, Wendling A, Prasad R, Sola O, Bjorkman S, Phillips J.  Women in rural family medicine: a qualitative exploration of practice attributes that promote physician satisfaction. Rural and Remote Health 2018; 18: 4355. https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH4355