Learning to care for underserved populations
in a managed care environment
The University of Michigan Health Professionals Education Consortium is a multi-disciplinary, cross-department undertaking created to enhance the training of resident physicians and other graduate health professionals in caring for vulnerable populations and developing competencies to practice in a managed care environment. The Consortium consists of the University's Hospital, Medical School, and M-Care, its managed care organization, and many community-based partners, such as The Corner Health Center of Ypsilanti, working together to prepare learners to treat patients from traditionally underserved populations in the context of government subsidized managed care. To this end the Medicaid Managed Care Project has been developed.
The Medicaid Managed Care Project is set up as a set of educational programs sponsored by four primary care departments - Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pediatrics. The Project Core is made up of leadership from each department, as well as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and the Medicaid Coordinator of M-Care.
A Core curriculum is being centrally developed, based on principles set out in the1997 Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) document, "Preparing Learners for Practice in a Managed Care Environment." Each participating department is also responsible for the creation of subject-specific seminars, the development of syllabi and rotations, and the implementation and evaluation of these new teaching modalities.
The Consortium is supported by a grant from theMichigan Department of Community Health.
Last updated on: June 14, 2000
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