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Rural Community Pediatrics

LOCATION: University Town Center, Morgantown, WV and/or Approved Community of Choice  
PRECEPTOR: Linda Nield, MD and Emily Nease, MD
DURATION: 4 Weeks
OFFERED: Continuously
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 1 (only open to Pediatric Rural Scholars)
STATUS: Elective

OBJECTIVES:

Students will conduct a needs assessment within the approved rural community of their choice.  Student will design a project and conduct a review of the scientific literature.  Projects will be designed to contribute to the medical literature regarding rural health or to promote rural health/service to community.  Students will work with community physicians, health care professionals and health agencies to learn about their community.

METHODS to ACHIEVE OBJECTIVES

Students will work in a team to improve community health.  They must advocate for rural health populations and try to improve the quality of care in a rural community setting.  Active, self-directed learning in a rural community setting. Development of a rural community project.  Weekly meeting with mentor.  Identify a rural community need and develop a research or community service based project.  Daily journal entries. Attendance at community meetings, involvement in community based resource groups and online research.

EXAMINATION PROCEDURES AND EVALUATION CRITERIA:

Formal Assessment: Critique of a formal, detailed, written proposal, needs assessment, literature research, evidence-based support of project. Project methods outlined and results as well as preceptor evaluation and feedback.

Summative Assessment: Meeting with preceptor prior to start of rotation.  Submit journal with daily log.  Completion of project proposal, literature review, project design and results.

PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE ROTATION:

Please contact Dr. Linda Nield, lnield@hsc.wvu.edu or Dr. Emily Nease, enease@hsc.wvu.edu at least 1 month prior to the start of the rotation