Priority Area #2: Education

Goal: The Department will be a leading resource for meeting the primary care and public health workforce needs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Objective 1: We will train clinically competent, patient-centered, and community-responsive clinicians and public health professionals to provide quality health care services to diverse populations

Objective 2: Our training programs will be based in clinical and community settings that reflect the health care needs of the Commonwealth, with emphasis on training for shortage area practice

Programmatic Goals

A. Our predoctoral training programs will ensure that all medical students graduate with a firm grounding in the principles of Family Medicine and of Community Health, and will include innovative curricula related to serving underserved populations

Strategies
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a. Our Family Medicine programs will expose students to Family Medicine role models and will foster student interest in pursuing Family Medicine as a career choice.

b. The Community Health Clerkship will evolve into a robust longitudinal community health curriculum.

c. Our faculty will continue to make substantive contributions to courses in Population Health and Epidemiology, emphasizing the determinants of health for individuals and populations and the relationship between communities, cultures and health care systems.

d. Department faculty will have active roles in the LInC redesign, including serving as advisors for the ‘Capstone’ requirement.

B.  Our Family Medicine Clerkship will occur in dynamic teaching practices that are exemplary models for the provision of Family Medicine.

Strategies:

a. We will expand our community-based training sites to give students a larger variety of locations and opportunities.

b. We will enhance our Family Health Centers and other select sites as model teaching practices that accommodate larger student cohorts.

c. Our faculty will serve as role models, equipped with efficient precepting skills and career counseling expertise.

C.  Our Family Medicine Residencies will be highly competitive, and will attract and sustain a diverse group of learners within supportive and innovative learning environments.

Strategies:

a. Our residencies will emphasize the unique features of each Family Health Center, and will reflect them in recruitment and curriculum development.

b. We will provide supportive and learner- centered teaching environments that allow learners to develop their priorities and reach their goals.

c. We will be proactive in the development of innovative learner strategies and curricular enhancements that respond to program and resident needs.

d. We will attract, retain, and support expert, passionate faculty.

D.  Our Sports Medicine Fellowship will be a regional and national leader in the field of Primary Care Sports Medicine through education, research, clinical services, and community outreach.

Strategies:

a. We will recruit top level regional and national applicants to the fellowship program through national exposure of academic projects by UMass Sports Medicine Fellowship faculty.

b. We will expand educational opportunities throughout the UMass predoctoral and residency programs as a way to enhance training of future primary care providers in sports medicine as well as potential future primary care sports medicine fellows.

c. We will expand integration of Primary Care Sports Medicine with Orthopedic Sports Medicine for the improvement of sports medicine services and academic productivity.

 

E.  Our General Practice Residency in Dentistry will be highly competitive and attractive to a diverse group of learners with an interest in serving in public health settings.

Strategies:

a. We will further develop our collaborative relationship with dental faculty based at Family Health Center of Worcester.

b. We will recruit additional community preceptors and a hospital dentist to assist in fulfilling dental service and educational responsibilities.


F.  Our Preventive Medicine Residency will prepare primary care physicians to assume leadership positions in public health and preventive medicine.

Strategies:

a. The Preventive Medicine residency will be highly competitive and attractive to learners from diverse backgrounds.

b. The residency will be integrated with other departmental activities.

G.  The Worcester-based MPH Program will prepare health care professionals and medical students for careers and leadership positions in public health and community health.

 Strategies:

a. The program will implement a 5-year MD MPH program for UMass medical students.

b. The program will continue to enhance both classroom-based and on-line curricula to attract a diverse array of health care professionals interested in population-based approaches to improving health care.


H.  Our Behavioral Science Program will be a national model for training medical and psychological providers to offer excellent behavioral health services in primary care.

Strategies:

a. Our Behavioral Health Fellowship will achieve APA accreditation

b. Our Certification Program will be nationally recognized as a validated credential for an Integrated Behavioral Health Specialist.


I.  Departmental CME offerings will support local practice improvement and be recognized nationally for innovative lifelong learning practices.

Strategies:

a. We will enhance programs that assist Family Physicians to maintain their ABFM certification.

b. Our Grand Rounds will be accessible to our geographically-dispersed learners and faculty.


J.  Faculty development activities will be coupled with the recruitment of new community-based preceptors and will focus on training and supporting expert teachers and excellent role models.

Strategies:

a. We will offer multiple faculty development opportunities each year that are convenient and accessible, assisting the faculty to continuously enhance their academic skills.

b. Our mentorship programs will foster the professional growth of the faculty.