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The Northeast Kentucky
AHEC’s Physician Pipeline
(and UPike Partnership)
David A. Gross, MPA
SOAR Strategy Summit – Commun...
“What the heck’s an AHEC?”
 Created by Congress in the
1970s to enhance access to
quality health care
 Mission: Improve ...
Kentucky’s regional AHECs
Health careers pipeline (2013)
Health
Careers
Promotion
Student
Services
Continuing
Education
Middle / High School
• In-cl...
Med school data analysis
 Matriculants/applicants:
 UK COM (2009-’13) 26/115 = 22.6%
 UofL SOM (2009-’13) 27/101 = 26.7...
Med school data analysis
 The bad news:
 Two NE AHEC counties (Menifee and Nicholas) had 0
applications to in-state medi...
About SHIP
 Summer Health Internship Program: Paid
internships for undergraduate health professions
students in local hea...
About the program
 Host site recruitment
 Application process
 Student selection and
placement
2013-’14 SHIP placements
 Increase from four-week to six-week internships
 Gateway District Health Department
 Meadowvi...
Evaluation (2013-’14)
 Interns were unanimous in their evaluation of
SHIP as ‘a positive experience’
 Impact on interns’...
Evaluation
“I just wanted to let you know that I was accepted into
UK’s Rural Physician Leadership Program! … Thanks again...
About STEPS
 Successful Training in Educating Pre-medical
Students (STEPS)
 During pilot year (2013-’14), targeted junio...
More about STEPS
 Survey found unanimous satisfaction with the
overall program and that STEPS helped each
participant wit...
The payoff
 The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects health-
related industries will add more jobs (5 million)
than any oth...
Regional responsibility
 It takes a region to raise (and retain) a doctor
 Three medical residency programs in NE KY
 S...
David A. Gross, MPA
Director, Northeast Kentucky AHEC
316 W. Second Street, Suite 203
Morehead, KY 40351
david.gross@neahe...
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The Northeast Kentucky AHEC's Physician Pipeline

  1. 1. The Northeast Kentucky AHEC’s Physician Pipeline (and UPike Partnership) David A. Gross, MPA SOAR Strategy Summit – Community Health Panel Feb. 16, 2015
  2. 2. “What the heck’s an AHEC?”  Created by Congress in the 1970s to enhance access to quality health care  Mission: Improve the supply and distribution of health care professionals  Community/academic educational partnerships
  3. 3. Kentucky’s regional AHECs
  4. 4. Health careers pipeline (2013) Health Careers Promotion Student Services Continuing Education Middle / High School • In-class programming • Rural Health Scholars program • Health Opportunities Workshop Undergraduates • Notes from Home Medical School and Residency • Letters from Home Continuing Medical Education (CME) Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  5. 5. Med school data analysis  Matriculants/applicants:  UK COM (2009-’13) 26/115 = 22.6%  UofL SOM (2009-’13) 27/101 = 26.7%  UPike KyCOM (2009-’13) 40/95 = 41.6%  TOTAL 93/311 = 29.9%
  6. 6. Med school data analysis  The bad news:  Two NE AHEC counties (Menifee and Nicholas) had 0 applications to in-state medical schools from 2009-’13  An additional county (Powell) had 0 matriculants  From 2009-’13, 12 NE AHEC service counties had four or fewer matriculants to in-state medical schools  This includes Mason (three) and Montgomery (three)  From 2011-’13, NE AHEC ranked 4th, 5th, and 6th, respectively, among KY’s eight regional AHECs for applications to the UK COM
  7. 7. About SHIP  Summer Health Internship Program: Paid internships for undergraduate health professions students in local health-focused organizations  Replication of Wisconsin AHEC’s statewide CHIP  Eligibility
  8. 8. About the program  Host site recruitment  Application process  Student selection and placement
  9. 9. 2013-’14 SHIP placements  Increase from four-week to six-week internships  Gateway District Health Department  Meadowview Regional Medical Center  Montgomery County Health Department  Morgan County ARH Hospital  Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Org.  St. Claire Family Medicine-Morehead  St. Claire Regional Medical Center (Quality Management)
  10. 10. Evaluation (2013-’14)  Interns were unanimous in their evaluation of SHIP as ‘a positive experience’  Impact on interns’ rural practice preference: Reinforced 60% Encouraged 30% Neutral 10%
  11. 11. Evaluation “I just wanted to let you know that I was accepted into UK’s Rural Physician Leadership Program! … Thanks again for everything! If it wasn’t for you guys at AHEC, I don’t know if I would’ve gotten into medical school.” E-mail from 2013 SHIP participant (Received Jan. 23, 2014)
  12. 12. About STEPS  Successful Training in Educating Pre-medical Students (STEPS)  During pilot year (2013-’14), targeted juniors in Morehead State University’s pre-medicine program  MCAT reviews and practice test  Physician shadowing  Application process tutorials  Mock interviews
  13. 13. More about STEPS  Survey found unanimous satisfaction with the overall program and that STEPS helped each participant with the medical school admissions process  Average MCAT scores increased by 4.25 points from the practice test (n = 4) to actual MCAT exam (n = 6)
  14. 14. The payoff  The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects health- related industries will add more jobs (5 million) than any other industry from 2012 to 2022  Annual economic impact of a rural Ky. PCP:  $1.7 million in revenue (clinic and hospital)  $800,000 in payroll  20 jobs Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014; Kentucky Rural Health Works Program, 2007
  15. 15. Regional responsibility  It takes a region to raise (and retain) a doctor  Three medical residency programs in NE KY  St. Claire added osteopathic FM residency in 2013
  16. 16. David A. Gross, MPA Director, Northeast Kentucky AHEC 316 W. Second Street, Suite 203 Morehead, KY 40351 david.gross@neahec.org (606) 783-6468

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