Presentation on theme: "Brown Doctoring Project & Northwest Community Health Care Natasha Hunter, MD'12."— Presentation transcript:
Brown Doctoring Project & Northwest Community Health Care Natasha Hunter, MD'12
Brown Doctoring Project A collaborative effort initiated by Alpert Medical School's Doctoring course leader, Dr. Julie Taylor, and generously supported by Rhode Island AHEC.
Rationale Problem: Doctoring courses exist at medical schools nationwide, but course leaders are isolated, lacking opportunities to compare notes and collaborate. Solution: Develop a curriculum database and a discussion forum for early clinical educators.
Goals Create contact list Reach out to course leaders Develop Brown- and AHEC-sponsored website and discussion board Invite participation Organize conference?
Progress 158 medical schools contacted Over 70 course leaders and administrators interested, with many offers to help and contribute Discussions underway with Brown IT services
Preliminary responses “I have wanted to do this forever so thank you for taking the initiative” (Dartmouth) “The project is an absolutely great idea, and we'd love to be involved.” (NJ Medical School) “I think it is really needed and I’m very excited that you are initiating this.” (U. of Alabama)
Northwest Community Health Care AHEC provides funds to cover gas mileage for Doctoring students mentored by Dr. Steven Hokeness at Northwest Community Health Care (NCHC), a rural community health center in Pascoag, RI, 45 miles northwest of Providence.
NCHC Facts Established in 1909, NCHC is the oldest nonprofit community health center in RI. In 2008, NCHC saw more than 13,000 patients, about 35 percent of whom were uninsured. NCHC funds its operations through 1) insured patients and 2) federal grant money intended to cover the costs of NCHC's patients who lack insurance and pay on a sliding scale.
More patients, less money Regular federal funding for NCHC has been frozen for 5-6 years. Patient volume is on the rise, while the numbers of insured patients have declined. Applications for reduced fees increased by 32 percent in the year ending March 2009.
Federal stimulus package $150,000 for electronic medical records Two-year grant for NCHC to acquire Bayside Family Health Center in North Kingstown, another nonprofit serving a large uninsured population, and operating at a $14,000/month budget shortfall.