Tuesday, May 31, 2011

First OSU-COM Medical Students Graduate with Rural Health Option

The Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Rural Health at the OSU - Center for Health Sciences is proud to announce its first graduates from the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) to have Rural Health Option noted on their transcripts.  The six students are Lori Arney, Kara Beair, Amanda Bighorse, Beth Hites, Joanna Reusser, and Krystal Vonfeldt. 

The Rural Health Option is a specialized course of medical education designed to provide training specific to rural, primary care practice.  The evidence-based course of study was developed with the following goals: 
1.     Attract students from rural;
2.     Provide rural-specific training;
3.     Provide as much training as possible in the rural areas where they expect to practice; and
4.     Support students with a group of rural peers and mentors.

OSU Branding Success Campaign - Rural Health Scholarship Impact

Kara Beair, D.O. addresses faculty and staff at OSU Center for Health Sciences, regarding the Branding Success Campaign. Dr. Beair, a recent graduate of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, explains how scholarships have impacted her life.

2011 OSU CHS Rural Health Awards

William J. Pettit, D.O., Associate Dean for Rural Health, honors the inaugural "Rural Health Option" class at the 2011 OSU CHS Graduation Awards Banquet.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Two State Health Education Centers will Remain Open

By Joe Malan, Staff WriterEnid News and Eagle

ENID — Oklahoma Area Health Education Centers will not have to close its two southern offices after all.

OKAHEC has secured $360,000 in
funding for the upcoming fiscal year, said Andy Fosmire, director of Rural Health Projects and NWAHEC. Obtaining the funding means SWAHEC in Lawton and SEAHEC in Poteau will remain open.

The money OKAHEC is receiving is coming from Oklahoma State University Medical School in Tulsa. The school agreed to give OKAHEC $360,000 in exchange for getting that amount back in the upcoming fiscal year.

“We’re going to stay whole,” Fosmire said. “The centers will be able to remain open.”

Last week, OKAHEC asked the Legislature for $360,000, after previously asking for more than double that amount.

At the end of the legislative session last week, senators and other legislators went to Sen. David Myers, chairman of the senate appropriations committee, and asked to find a solution in order to fund OKAHEC, Fosmire said.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

More Primary Care Tied to Lower Death Rates

Seniors living in areas with more primary care have slightly lower death rates and are less likely to end up in the hospital with a preventable disease, U.S. researchers have found.

In contrast to some earlier studies, which have yielded mixed results, the new work looked at how much primary care was actually delivered to patients -- not just how many primary care physicians were in a certain area.

"The magic is not in how many primary care physicians there are, it is what they do," said Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Primary Care Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who was not involved in the study.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Partnering Urban Academic Medical Centers And Rural Primary Care Clinicians To Provide Complex Chronic Disease Care

Many of the estimated thirty-two million Americans expected to gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act are likely to have high levels of unmet need because of various chronic illnesses and to live in areas that are already underserved. In New Mexico an innovative new model of health care education and delivery known as Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) provides high-quality primary and specialty care to a comparable population. Using state-of-the-art telehealth technology and case-based learning, Project ECHO enables specialists at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center to partner with primary care clinicians in underserved areas to deliver complex specialty care to patients with hepatitis C, asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, pediatric obesity, chronic pain, substance use disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular conditions, and mental illness. As of March 2011, 298 Project ECHO teams across New Mexico have collaborated on more than 10,000 specialty care consultations for hepatitis C and other chronic diseases.  From the May 2011 issue of Health Affairs

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

2011 John Conley Ethics Essay Contest for Medical Students

Each spring, Virtual Mentor poses a question in medical ethics or professionalism as the topic for that year's ethics essay contest. All current U.S. medical students (MD and DO) are invited to submit essays of up to 2,000 words in response to the question. Essays are judged on clarity of presentation, writing style, and applicability of the argument to actual decision making. The author of the best essay receives an award of $5,000, and, when more than one exceptional entry is received, authors of up to three runner-up essays receive $1,000 prizes. Students are encouraged to use some of the funds to attend an ethics conference of their choice. Winning essays are published in Virtual Mentor.

Trying to stay running: OKAHEC asks for $360,000 in funding

ENID — After asking for a $693,000 line item in a budget limitation bill earlier this month, Oklahoma Area Health Education Centers now is asking for half that amount in an effort to keep state AHEC locations running.

In order to prevent OKAHEC from shutting down its southwest and southeast offices, it has reduced its request from $693,000 to about $360,000.

OKAHEC currently has about $330,000 in private donations to work with for fiscal year 2011-12. If the organization secures the $360,000 it is requesting, the federal government would match that by an approximate 2:1 ratio.

In the worst-case scenario, if OKAHEC wasn’t able to get state and federal money, SWAHEC in Lawton and SEAHEC Poteau would be closed, and although NWAHEC in Enid and NEAHEC in Tulsa would remain open, the ability to help recruit doctors to rural areas would be significantly diminished, said Andy Fosmire, executive director of Rural Health Projects and NWAHEC.

2011 FLEX Coordinator Manual

The 2011 Flex Coordinator Manual is a manual for those intimately involved with the Flex Program. We hope this document is useful both as a resource for current Flex Program staff and as an orientation manual for new staff.  Courtesy of the National Rural Health Resource Center.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Medicare Shared Savings Program and Rural Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recognizes the unique needs and challenges of rural communities and the importance of rural providers in assuring access to health care. Critical access hospitals (CAHs), federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and rural health clinics (RHCs) play an important role in the nation’s health care delivery system by serving as safety net providers of primary care and other health care services in rural and other underserved areas and for low-income beneficiaries. On March 31, 2011, CMS released proposed new rules to help doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers better coordinate care for Medicare patients through Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The proposed rule includes four specific provisions designed to increase rural participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program).

The Evolving Landscape of American Medical Education 100 years after the Flexner Report: Perspectives on Spatial Trends Past, Present, and Future

View the poster that Chad Landgraf, M.S. presented at the 2011 National Rural Health Association Annual Conference.

Friday, May 13, 2011

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2011 GME Training Locations

The interactive map below shows the graduate medical education (GME) training locations for the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2011. The symbols are scaled proportionate to the total number of graduates in each community and shaded according to the number of graduates training in primary care specialties (orange) or non-primary care specialties (blue) or unknown (green).

Of the 86 graduates in the class, 51 are entering primary care GME programs. Thirty seven graduates will enter Oklahoma-based primary care GME programs with 9 graduates matriculating to rural locations (Durant=4; Enid=2; and Tahlequah=3). The Class of 2011 marks the fifth consecutive graduating class with more than 50% of its members entering primary care GME programs upon graduation.

As for the 65 Oklahomans in the Class of 2011, 47 will enter Oklahoma-based GME programs (with 33 choosing primary care).

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Better Way to Teach?

A new study published in ScienceNOW shows that students learn much better through an active, iterative process that involves working through their misconceptions with fellow students and getting immediate feedback from the instructor.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MyHealth Access Network Provider Summit 2011

On Friday, May 13th, MyHealth Access Network (formerly Greater THAN) will be unveiling the tools your practice will need to connect with your colleagues and patients and meet Meaningful Use requirements, with the help of some very distinguished national speakers. Dr. Mark McClellan, former director of CMS and the FDA will kick off the event by describing the ways that MyHealth will help your practice to respond successfully to the many health policy changes that have occurred recently. Dr. David Eddy, a founder of the healthcare quality movement, will demonstrate individualized guidelines tailored to each patient, ensuring that we treat the right patients at the right time. Click here to see the full agenda.

OKAHEC May Lose Funding

Oklahoma Area Health Education Centers is in danger of not receiving any funds from the state for the second year in a row.

If that happens, the organization will have to slash some of its programs, its national president said.

Andy Fosmire, executive director of Rural Health Projects and Northwest Oklahoma AHEC and president of the national AHEC, sent out an e-mail Monday stating the organization is requesting a budget limitation bill with a line item of $693,000 in the state Health Department’s budget appropriation. The amount is the same level of funding the organization had in 2009-10.