Community Medicine

Economics of Health Care

LOCATION: Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, West Virginia
PRECEPTOR: Ms. Sharon Hall / Ms. Robin Rector
DURATION: 2 or 4 weeks
OFFERED: Continuously
STATUS: Elective


To expose the student to the way in which hospitals are funded and implications of physician decisions upon the finances of hospitals and patients and an understanding of human resources in health care.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

General orientation by Medical Center executives. Specific orientation by members of finance department. Structured visits with Budget Officer, Business Manager, Accounts Receivable billing clerks and social workers.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Available in the department.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

Schedule will be sent to the student prior to the beginning of the rotation.