public health, Southwest Virginia, Uncategorized

NBC News: Coronavirus strains rural hospitals to ‘the absolute limit’

Although coronavirus has yet to make the same harsh impact on rural communities as in metropolitan areas around the United States, their financial reality may drastically reduce their best efforts when preparing for the worst. Most facilities have already to turned to telehealth in order to minimize that one-on-one contact. However, as Beth O'Connor, director… Continue reading NBC News: Coronavirus strains rural hospitals to ‘the absolute limit’

public health, Southwest Virginia, Uncategorized

How to Make a Face Mask: Protection Against COVID-19

Join others in learning how to sew face masks for your community members that desperately need them! Click HERE to view easy-to-follow instructions and a video made by Deaconess Hospital staff.  

public health, Southwest Virginia, Uncategorized


CHECK YOUR BARNS! (and garages, workrooms, etc.) Have you got boxes of gloves (latex, plastic, or vinyl), N95 face masks? Those are badly needed and GMEC can make sure they get redistributed. Have you got surgical masks, face shields, plastic dust masks, safety goggles? Those are needed as well. If you are hand-sewing masks, we… Continue reading PLEASE SEND MASKS!

cultural competency, medical education, rural health issues, Southwest Virginia

Head for the Hills Agenda

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… Continue reading Head for the Hills Agenda

medical education, Southwest Virginia, Uncategorized

Affording Medical School

There's no doubt about it — medical school is expensive. But U.S. News & World Report has compiled a list of 10 private medical schools with the lowest tuition and fees for the 2015-16 academic year. Here are the 10 most affordable private medical schools and their 2015-16 out-of-state tuition rates, according to U.S. News… Continue reading Affording Medical School

medical education, rural residencies, Southwest Virginia, Uncategorized

Save the Date!

Are you a medical resident? Are you working in or for rural Southwest Virginia (or surrounding areas)? Then mark off April 22nd on your calendar and plan to be at the Second Rural Residents Research Symposium! This is a day for residents to present original research (not case studies) regarding topics of interest to rural primary care docs… Continue reading Save the Date!