4096 : CULTURAL IMMERSION: MEXICO IN MEMPHIS

Author(s): 
Richter, Robert; Macmillan-Rodney, Kelly; Macmillan-Rodney, John
Text: 
Poster
'In response to the growing number of unilingual Spanish speaking patients in Memphis Tennessee, a family medicine service was developed to offer medical services which focused on Hispanic families. Specifically, the office provided care for workers, children and pregnancies. Services were tracked and growth was demonstrated over 5 years. During that time there was gradual transition from totally uninsured to 65% medicaid coverage. The practice developed a unique approach to providing prenatal care services including prenatal ultrasound in the office. The poster will describe the annual visits, number of deliveries, and other preventive services provided for the Hispanic Community 1999-2004. As the practice grew a maternity care curriculum was developed for medical students, residents, and physicians with an interest in international medicine. In addition the teaching site became a resource for Meharry Medical College students and collaborated with a rural family medicine program in Arkansas to fund a 4th year FP/OB fellowship. In 2003, the fellowship started an international exchange with rotations Kenya, Ecuador, and Guatemala. This poster presentations will display the quality of care and instruction provided to this underserved community in the MidSouth. The curriculum and office experience provided a bi-cultural immersion experience for learners at all levels ranging from preclinical medical students to post residency fellows. Several used their newly developed language and clinical skills to serve in underdeveloped countries and publish.
Topic: Education/Teaching