Request for Proposals –
The Graduate Medical Education Consortium of Southwest Virginia has proposed a collection of essays to McFarland Press. Titled Healing Ourselves, with a tentative subtitle along the lines of Physicians Respond to the Opioid Crisis in Appalachia or Healthcare Providers tell their stories of Appalachia’s Opioid Epidemic.
We are looking for a wide range of approaches to the topic, with the intent that these individual narratives should tell together the larger story of what is happening in the region. If you are actively involved in treating pain and/or addiction in Appalachia, we would like to hear from you. We are particularly interested in stories that focus on reflective awareness or solution-driven activity. If you’ve been part of a working solution, tell us about it.
We understand that many substances continue to play a role in Appalachia’s addiction story; your proposed story should not focus on other substances to the exclusion of opioids.
Please send a one-page write-up of your approach to telling a piece of the big story on opioids/substance abuse in Appalachia. Do not put your name on this page but please include why you are well-positioned to write this unique piece.
On a separate page, please give us your name, profession and titles, geographic location, work location (are you based out of a hospital, private or free clinic, college or university, etc.) and why you are interested in writing for this collection. Please include e-mail and phone contact details.
McFarland is primarily an academic publisher; we are looking for writers who can address their topic with narrative skill and present data or complicated terms in language appealing to readers overloaded with faceless statistics. Tell us a story. Tell us YOUR story.
We look forward to reading your proposals on Monday, Sept. 9. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
GMEC is pleased to present the agenda for our 2016 annual conference and retreat, Head for the Hills, below! Come unwind, dine, and play with us for two days in the beautiful Hungry Mother State Park while learning from some of Virginia’s leading rural health experts. Families of attending medical professionals are very welcome and activities have been planned for your enjoyment.
Head for the Hills 2016 Schedule:
Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA
Friday Sept. 30
Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available
Child care can be provided 8-noon for those requesting it.
Continental breakfast available
NUTRITION TIPS FOR YOUR PATIENTS –
Kathy Hosig, PhD, MPH, RD Virginia Tech
POWER AND POLITICS: LEADING IN A TIME OF CHANGE –
Lorenzo Pence, DO, FACOFP, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
BREAK (fruit provided)
Clinical Documentation Toolbox–
Nora Blankenbecler, Director, Health Information Technology Certification Program, Mountain Empire Community College
PSYCHIATRY IN SW VA: What Primary Care Physicians Should Know –
Sarah Hazelwood, DO, Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Marion, Virginia
HABIT AND HABITUS: A Faith-based Health Initiative (Resident Presentation) –
Dr. Troy Reece, PGY2, Johnston Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency
FREE REST OF DAY – Group rates are available at the historic Lincoln Theatre in downtown Marion. Hikes, the beach, paddle boats, and other activities are available within the park. Several restaurants are available in town. There is no communal dinner, but GMEC is happy to provide your evening meal in the park, same set menu, available during restaurant hours; because of the many options available via the park and town, we are not planning to offer children’s entertainment.
Saturday Oct. 1
Breakfast and registration
Child care can be provided 8-noon for those requesting it.
WHAT DOCTORS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TELEHEALTH –
Kathy Wibberly, PhD, Director, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center at University of Virginia
BREAKOUT SESSIONS –
- Debt Forgiveness with VDH
- Careers Residents May Not Be Thinking About
- Insurance 101
Required check out from your cabin; luggage may be brought to the lecture hall
PATIENT VOICES –
Jane Bennett, Cancer Survivor and Advocate
BREAKING BAD NEWS: Communicating a Difficult Diagnosis or Lifestyle Change –
Thomas Ward Bishop
SUD TREATMENT EXPANSION BY MEDICAID –
Sue Cantrell, MD, LENOWISCO Health District Director, VDH
Secretary Bill Hazel, MD, Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Box lunches will be provided; eat at your leisure in the conference center, or take it with you if you need to depart.
Please feel free to stay and enjoy the park after the conference concludes!
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) has a section of their website dedicated to model programs. They recently highlighted Project PROMISE, a North Carolina program designed to encourage rural youth to pursue medical careers.
Project PROMISE (Providing Rural Opportunities in Medicine through Inspiring Service and Education) is the brainchild of two medical students who started the program to give high school seniors medical academic training, mentor relationships, and hands-on experience in rural North Carolina facilities.
Project PROMISE launched in the Fall of 2014 with their first group of students. Since then, it has graduated 10 high school students, 5 of whom are pursuing an undergraduate degree with an interest in studying medicine.
Read more about Project PROMISE.
Tom Morris – HRSA’s Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy – has a stump speech about rural healthcare vs. urban healthcare entitled; “Rural is NOT Mini Urban.”
To underline his point, he puts a picture on the screen of a huge tractor next to a lawn mower. Guess which one is intended for use in rural areas?
By the same token, emergency medicine is different in rural communities. A hospital in Idaho has recognized that difference in creating a rural emergency medicine program.
St. Luke’s Hospital and the University of Washington created the program after the university decided its students should be exposed more to rural medicine. The students are overseen by emergency physicians and the students are able to help out in the ER during busy times.
Read more about this unique program.
The agenda has been posted for the April 22nd
Rural Residents Research Symposium:
8:30 am – Continental breakfast and registration
9:00 am – 10:00 am – How to Conduct Community Health and Primary Care Research
Dr. Alexis Stoner, Faculty Instructor and Course Director of Epidemiology, Clinical Prevention, and Population Health, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus
10am – 11am – How do I report data on rural populations to answer hypothesis driven research questions?
Susan L. Meacham, Ph.D., R.D., Professor, Nutrition
Discipline of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus
11am – 11:30am –Rural Health Clinics: the Overlooked Option
11:30am – 1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm – Habit and Habitus: A Faith-based Health Initiative
Dr. Troy Reece, PGY-1, Johnston Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency will present with attending physician Dr. Giovani Ferrante, vascular surgeon at Johnston Memorial Hospital
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Residency Culture: Survival Tips
The Symposium will be held at the Slemp Center of UVA Wise.
Click here to register. For questions, contact GMEC Director Wendy Welch at email@example.com
One of the hard realities of serving in rural communities is that many of our patients have a hard time affording the medications they desperately need.
We’ve located a resource to help with that process. The National Center for Farmworker Health has produced a series of easy-to-read fact sheets about the safest and most affordable medications to treat specific conditions or illnesses. Topics include diabetes, heart disease, menopause, depression, and many others.
Available in both English and Spanish, each fact sheet is based on extensive reports published by Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs that share the results of research conducted to determine the most effective, safe and affordable medicines available in the market for each condition. Generic medicines, if available, were included in the analysis as well.
What other resources for affordable medications do you have?