Online Program

Clinical health care training in rural and highly rural areas, the VA Maine Experience

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Ray E. Lash, MD, VA Maine Healthcare System, Augusta, ME
Rural and highly rural areas are frequently at a disadvantage when recruiting health care professionals, which is magnified by the difficulty in providing clinical education in those areas. We will discuss VA Maine's experience in the provision of such clinical education including approaches to accreditation, recruitment of trainees, and recruitment/retention of faculty.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Describe the challenges in the provision of clinical training in rural and highly rural areas. Identify potential mechanisms for overcoming barriers to provision of that education. Assess the results of transitioning clinical education to rural and highly rural areas.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked to create the grant proposal, and subsequently to develop the Rural Health Training and Education Site for VA Maine Healthcare System. My career interests include both rural health care and the development of educational opportunities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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.