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Registration Now Open!

Registration for the Rural Residents Research Symposium is now open!

Scheduled for April 22nd at the Slemp Center of UVA Wise; this is a day for residents to present original research (not case studies) regarding topics of interest to rural primary care docs and their peers.

Slots at the Rural Residents Research Symposium are 30-45 minutes long; anyone interested in presenting must meet the criteria of rural focus and should apply through their residency coordinator.

A limit of two applications per residency program will be accepted with a total of 10 presentations.  The top two presentations will be invited to speak at the 2016 Head for the Hills event in October.

Click here to register.  For questions, contact GMEC Director Wendy Welch at wow6n@uvawise.edu

 

Urban Choosing Rural

A recent study noted that having a rural origin is a primary factor in medical students choosing to practice in rural areas.  The study decided to turn that information around and ask what influences urban students to also choose rural.

“Determinants of an urban origin student choosing rural practice” used a scoping review of the literature, in contrast to a traditional systematic review.  Out of these 17 studies, the following four factors that suggest why urban-origin medical students may choose rural practice were generated:

  • geographic diffusion of physicians in response to economic forces such as debt repayment and financial incentives
  • scope of practice and personal satisfaction
  • undergraduate and postgraduate rural training
  • premedical school mindset to practice rurally

The study concluded:

Urban-origin students may choose rural practice because of market forces as well as financial incentives. The participation in undergraduate and postgraduate rural training is reported to positively alter the attitude of urban-origin students. A small subset of these students has a predetermined mindset to practice rurally at the time of matriculation.

Obstacles for choosing a rural carrier include, but are not limited to lack of job and education opportunities for spouses/partners, lack of recreational and educational opportunities for children, and obscure opportunities for continuing medical education.

 

 

Medical Education Challenges

Recently AMA Wire published “9 challenges medical educators want to solve right now” which were the topics identified at a AMA event when participants were asked the question, “What does the medical school of the future look and feel like—and how do we get there?”

Identified challenges included, “New ways to make medical training more patient-centered” and “Strategies for increasing diversity in medical education.”

The diversity one made us wonder – what if diversity in medical education meant more than students with a variety of colors and creeds?  What if “diversity” included rural?  Rural students, rural training, rural cultural competency.

What are the rural medical education challenges you want to solve right now?

ICD-10 Is Here – Now What?

Just like the coming of Y2K, the world did not implode when ICD-10 went live on October 1, 2015.  But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any glitches.

At Head for the Hills 2015  Debbie Poston from AMS Software talked about the challenges physicians face in making sure office staff can document patient visits correctly in her presentation, ICD-10 Is Here – Now What?

Poston reviewed how those challenges can be used to increase communication within a medical practice and assure claims can be paid in a timely manner.

Use this presentation as a starting point for making sure all of your diagnostic work is being recorded correctly to the benefit of your patients, your staff, and your cash flow.

 

Anxious Kids

What’s the difference between fear and anxiety?  What level of anxiety in a child is normal? At what stage does it need to be addressed?  When is medication appropriate for a child with anxiety?

C. Allen Musil, Jr., MD’s presentation at Head for the Hills 2015 answered these questions and reviewed risk factors for anxiety disorders, different types of anxiety disorders, treatment approaches and more.

Check out Anxious Kids: A Primary Care Approach by Dr. Musil!

 

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 and their peers.

Slots at the Rural Residents Research Symposium are 30-45 minutes long; anyone interested in presenting must meet the criteria of rural focus and should apply through their residency coordinator.

A limit of two applications per residency program will be accepted with a total of 10 presentations.  The top two presentations will be invited to speak at the 2016 Head for the Hills event in October.

For questions, contact GMEC Director Wendy Welch at wow6n@uvawise.edu

More information coming soon!

 

WIC Works

At Head for the Hills 2015, Jessica Arney MS, RD, LD provided an overview of the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program.

Her WIC Works presentation included:

  • the immediate benefits of nutrition education, counseling, supplemental foods and breastfeeding support.
  • long term positive health outcomes associated with participation in the program
  • the differences between WIC and SNAP

There were also resources such as Health Bites, so contact your local health department and have WIC Work for your patients!