Rural Education

Oregon AHEC Scholars Program (OASP)

The OASP is currently under development. The first cohort of health professions students will enter their academic programs in Academic Year 2018-19.

OASP is a longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curricula and a defined set of clinical, didactic and community-based training activities. A cohort will be 75-125 new students, beginning each new academic year of the project period. Each cohort will last for two years and culminate in completion of or graduation from a degree or certificate program. All experiential or clinical training will be conducted in rural and/or underserved setting with an emphasis on team-based training. The program will supplement students' existing health professions program with interdisciplinary learning objectives and outcomes.

In addition to the requirements for degree or certificate programs, each Scholar will participate in didactic education focused on six HRSA Core Topic Areas:

1.   Inter-professional Education
2.   Behavioral Health Integration
3.   Social Determinants of Health
4.   Cultural Competency
5.   Practice Transformation
6.   Current and Emerging Health Issues

Oregon Rural Scholars Program

This program will be transitioning to the AHEC Scholars Program (see above) in September 2018.

The Oregon Rural Scholars Program (ORSP) experience provides students who are motivated toward rural care with an opportunity to experience what their future career path could be. Rural Scholars are competitively admitted into the program during their first year. Each Scholar is matched to a community with which the Scholar will interact throughout his or her training: this twelve-week experience forms the core of the program. Students will develop a deep and comprehensive understanding of a primary care specialty (Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, General Surgery, General Pediatrics, or General Psychiatry) practiced within rural community setting, as well as concepts of community and public health, epidemiology, and resource allocation. Rural Scholars will simultaneously fulfill their core clerkship in their respective primary care specialty (with department approval), their rural experience, and their continuity experience. For further information, contact Joanne Arnst:

Family Medicine Rural Immersive

The Family Medicine Rural Immersive experience will allow students an opportunity to immerse themselves in, and to explore the career choice of, rural Family Medicine. Students will work with select FM rural preceptors for twelve consecutive weeks at one rural site. Students who complete the Rural Immersive will gain a comprehensive understanding of Family Medicine in a rural context and will learn concepts in rural medicine, FM Core, and community health. Continuity concepts will span the twelve weeks. Students use dedicated study and project time to further the clinic’s or community’s health through mechanisms such as quality improvement, education, or patient materials. Students will simultaneously satisfy requirements for: Family Medicine core experience, the rural experience, and the continuity experience.

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