News & Events

GMEC Sponsors Faculty CME Training on Patient Communications

Ballad Health's faculty development event on November 19th included faculty members from Johnston Memorial Hospital Internal and Family Medicine residencies, as well as the Lonesome Pine Hospital Family Medicine and Norton Community Hospital Internal Medicine residences. Dr. Michael Harris (pictured below) is a recognized mentor for leadership development of clinical and non-clinical executives in a… Continue reading GMEC Sponsors Faculty CME Training on Patient Communications

News & Events

Fair Access in Residency (FAIR) Act: Ensuring GME Parity for DOs

H.R. 8850, the Fair Access In Residency Act (FAIR Act), was introduced on September 15 to ensure all Medicare-funded residency programs accept DOs and the COMLEX. The legislation addresses the unfair and unsustainable system that excludes DOs from residencies or requires them to take the USMLE. These practices exacerbate the workforce shortage and impinge on… Continue reading Fair Access in Residency (FAIR) Act: Ensuring GME Parity for DOs

medical education, News & Events, Southwest Virginia

‘Head for the Hills’ Hotel Deadline is October 3rd!

The SWVA GMEC 'Head for the Hills' Annual CME Conference is less than two months away! Have you registered yet? We have a few rooms left at the Martha Washington Inn & Spa for only $75.00/room. After submitting the conference registration form, you will see instructions on how to pay for a room. Hurry -… Continue reading ‘Head for the Hills’ Hotel Deadline is October 3rd!


ETSU Launches Rural Medicine Program

East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine announced a new program designed to create more pathways for high school and college students who are interested in careers in medicine to serve rural and underserved communities. The college officially launched EQUIP (Extending Quillen to the Underserved through an Integrated Program), an initiative that seeks to… Continue reading ETSU Launches Rural Medicine Program

Local Voices

Speed Dating & Healthcare: Why is Trust so Elusive?

I’ve been navigating complex healthcare needs on behalf of my son for more than ten years; speech therapists, occupational therapist, physical therapists, developmental pediatrician, family doctor...trying to be the center hub so all communication can flow. I’ve been our own mini medical home and integrated care team. I’ve been through the hurdles of battling insurance,… Continue reading Speed Dating & Healthcare: Why is Trust so Elusive?

cultural competency, rural health issues, Southwest Virginia

Inman Community Project (video)

The Inman Village Community Health Project improves health workers’ awareness of community nutrition and health care access problems. Medical residents and other students in medical fields (therapists, nurses, and social workers especially) prepare and serve meals at Inman Village in Wise County each month and offer a program (workshop and lecture formats) on health and… Continue reading Inman Community Project (video)

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Now That the Pandemic Is “Over”…

How did the pandemic create behavior change and what changes are likely to persist?  At the individual level, are we eating outdoors more?  Shaking hands less?  Shopping online more?  Paying with cash less?  Telecommuting more?  Using mass transit less?  At a systemic level, how has the pandemic created behavior change in the delivery of health… Continue reading Now That the Pandemic Is “Over”…