Use of Rural Community Health Fairs to teach clinical
skills in the third year primary care clerkship:
- Conducted by Family, Internal, Pediatric departments, through
the aid of a grant to provide care for those who do not have
insurance coverage and would not otherwise seek preventive
medical care due to the cost.
- The grant supports medical students, faculty, staff for
lodging, travel, meals, supplies and lab work.
- Community health providers local health agencies and civic
leaders organize the health fairs, determine the locations,
volunteers and conduct publicity.
- Strengths: Students learn how communities are empowered to
address health needs, communities organize resources,
collaborative programs between rural communities and the academic
institution are enhanced
- Communities get medical evaluations of patients in need.
||“Amazing amount of independence, loved the rural
experience… highlight of my Family Practice
- Patients get a free yearly checkup and the medical students
gain clinical and develop important skills.
- Have conducted 28 health fairs since 1999.
- 6 rotations a year, 8-10 medical students in a rural or
underserved community for 3-5 days.
- Services include screenings, exams, labs and patient
education to include education in the schools.