242120 Mobile mini-residency training program for women rural health providers

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ryung Suh, MD MPH MPP MBA , Department of Health Systems Administration, SNHS, Georgetown University, Vienna, VA
Ria Muttukumaru , Atlas Research LLC, Washington, DC
Wendy Opsahl, MA , Atlas Research, Washington, DC
Korisha Ramdhanie, MPH , Atlas Research, Washington, DC
Jeff Baetz, PMP , Atlas Research LLC, Washington, DC
1. Background: The Mobile Mini-Residency Training Program (MMR) is a one year project which delivers clinical training to rural providers on key topics related to women's health.

2. Objective/Purpose: The overall goal of the project is to enhance U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provider knowledge and skills in caring for women of child-bearing age through didactic and case-based instruction on gender-specific health care topics and hands-on skill-building training.

3. Methods: MMR consists of a two and a half day training program delivered multiple times within attending distance of seven sites in rural community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. The training program group is comprised of credentialed and experienced clinicians capable of educating VA staff on a variety of gender-specific issues.

4. Results: Since the MMR program brings training directly to rural areas, facilities and rural CBOC health care providers can remain focused on patient care instead of being pulled away from clinical duties in order to attend necessary training session. In addition, clinicians receive 19.5 continuing medical education units upon completion of the program. Furthermore, clinicians in the community may be invited to participate in the training, which will foster stronger community ties and working relationships among rural health practitioners.

5. Discussion/Conclusion: The MMR program provides standardized training delivered by the same staff, which helps ensure that VA and community clinicians receive the same quality training in caring for women Veterans throughout the rural catchment area.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. By the end of the session, the participant will be able to identify knowledge gaps and training needs of rural Veteran providers. 2. By the end of the session, the participant will be able to conduct an educational training program on women’s health for rural providers.

Keywords: Education, Rural Communities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Principal investigator
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Atlas Research Management Consulting Employment (includes retainer) and Stock Ownership

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.