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!

public health, Uncategorized

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… Continue reading WIC Works

medical education, public health, rural health issues, Uncategorized


Virginia has been severely impacted by opioid abuse, particularly the abuse of prescription drugs. In 2013, 386 individuals died from the abuse of FHMO, an increase of 1,578%, with fentanyl being the primary substance fueling this increase.  In 2013, drug-related deaths happened at a higher per capita level (11.0 deaths per 100,000) than motor vehicle… Continue reading REVIVE!

clinical care, medical education, research, Uncategorized


Media headlines are full of ADHD information.  Recent examples include: —“Study finds 17% of college students misuse ADHD drugs” —“ADHD Medications Don't Lead To Drug Or Alcohol Abuse” —“Children with ADHD more likely to have eating disorder” —“Is the Internet giving us all ADHD?” One of the great presentations at Head for the Hills was… Continue reading ADHD

funding, medical education, Uncategorized

Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment

Are you a health professions student wondering how you are going to afford your education?  Or a rural provider trying to recruit new practitioners? If so - we have two great guides for you! First are the presentation slides from Head for the Hills from Justin Crow's Getting the Most from Federal & State Loan Repayment… Continue reading Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment

residency rotation opportunities, rural health issues, rural residencies

Do Residents Return?

"Grow your own" is a popular phrase for those trying to improve the supply of health professionals in rural areas.  But does it work? The USDA recently released a report titled "Factors Affecting Former Residents' Returning to Rural Communities". Factors which encouraged residents to return to their rural roots: presence of parents desire to raise… Continue reading Do Residents Return?