ERIC Number: ED222656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Evaluative Follow-Up of Former Medical Students, Resident Physicians, and Other Health Professional Students Participating in 1972-80 Minnesota Area Health Education Center Programs.
Higgins, Paul S.; Lawrenz, Frances P.
The Minnesota Area Health Education Center programs (AHEC) from 1972-81 improved health care in rural Minnesota areas by providing 2,200 health-professional students and resident physicians with off-campus courses and clinical training. Other programs provided continuing education, patient education, quality assurance, and minority career recruitment. More than 3,000 participated in AHEC programs. A follow-up of 1,500 former participants and a survey of 400 AHEC-involved medical students and residents showed the following project impacts: (1) improved distribution of health professionals (to rural areas); (2) more primary care health professionals; (3) high-quality decentralized health-professional education; and (4) AHEC preceptorships during third and fourth years of medical school being more influential than other AHEC-supported clinical training experiences in choice of specialty and desired practice location. Recommendations include flexible federal AHEC regulations that do not mandate decentralized training in community hospitals; a stable source of federal support for living expenses of students wishing to explore rural health-care practices; emphasis on off-campus AHEC preceptorships during third and fourth year medical school; provisions in future national and state AHEC evaluations for follow-up of former AHEC participants; control group designs; and greater dissemination and use of evaluation results. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD. Bureau of Health Professions.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
Identifiers: Area Health Education Centers; Minnesota
Note: Prepared by the Area Health Education Center.