I have had a busy week with meetings in Montgomery and Selma Alabama (including a flat tire by a sign labelled Double Tree Alabama that must indicate a town but doesn’t appear on Google maps, that’s how rural it was). At the meeting in Selma (which I meant to post on Wednesday but was preoccupied trying to figure out how Volkswagen could sell a car without a jack but with lug nuts that require a special not-included tool to get off, thus requiring me to sit and watch deer while waiting for the tow truck) Mike Harrington presented the work of the AMC-21 Primary Care Steering Committee. This committee presented suggestions to the UAB dean regarding improving primary care in Alabama. I could quibble with the definition of primary care but all in all these suggestions are very good and applicable to all interested in improving primary care. They are as follows:

  • Create Primary Care scholars program
  • Increase scholarships/loan repayment programs
  • Add Associate Dean of Primary Care to the Dean’s council
  • Increase rural pipeline slots from 20 to 40
  • Work on obtaining AHEC
  • Develop primary care leadership academy and expand faculty to function as mentors
  • Increase primary care GME positions
  • Increase collaborations with FQHCs as Teaching Health Centers
  • Incorporate intensive Primary Care exposure in ICM