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49th STFM Annual Spring Conference

2016 Annual Spring Conference

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L69A Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) Program: Training and Retaining Community Responsive Physicians for Urban Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)

Melissa Lemke, MA; Cindy Haq; Kjersti Knox, MD; Anne Getzin, MD; Jonathan Dickman, MD, PhD

05/3/16 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Marquette Ballroom 7

Wisconsin, like many states, is facing physician shortages in both urban and rural areas. There is a dearth of research describing strategies to recruit and retain primary care physicians in urban Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). To address this challenge, the UW SMPH offers Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH), a medical education program designed to prepare medical students with clinical and public health skills to effectively practice and thrive in urban HPSAs. TRIUMPH recruits motivated students and includes clinical, community and public health, and personal leadership skill components. Graduates of the TRIUMPH program, 36 since 2010 have been more likely to match into residencies serving the urban underserved 100%, choose family medicine (41.6%) and primary care specialties (83.3%), and remain in residencies within the state (38.9%), as compared to their cohorts. In-depth interviews with 26 of the 29 first graduates revealed that many worked upstream in community health projects (77%). Presenters and graduates will describe urban health care workforce needs, program elements, and medium-term outcomes of this innovative program designed to train and retain community-engaged physicians.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the scale of urban health professional shortage areas and factors contributing to urban physician shortages.
  2. Identify the key recruitment and curricular elements of a program to prepare physicians to work and remain in urban HPSAs.
  3. Describe evaluation methods and outcomes of urban medical education programs.

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