Friday, April 1, 2016

Eastern Medical Education Network Site Changes Leadership

On March 8th the Office of Rural Medical Education (ORME) and the AHEC office celebrated the retirement of Dr. Robert Haskins, the Medical Education Director for the Eastern site. The reception was held at the Nest Extended Stay Hotel in Chanute, Kansas. Several colleagues, friends, and family members were there to say thank you and offer well-wishes. Dr. Haskins worked for the University of Kansas School of Medicine for more than thirty years and impacted the lives of thousands of students.

Over the years Dr. Haskins served the rural areas of eastern Kansas and taught at many venues. He taught in the Pre-Med workshop and the Primary Care Workshop. He also helped with the annual meeting of the Scholars in Rural Health. He was also known for “dropping in” and taking pictures of rural students and their preceptor. He has left quite a legacy and his participation will be greatly missed.

Established by the PCPE grant, the Medical Education Network is an administrative structure for the Office of Rural Medical Education. The state is divided into 5 network sites (East, North Central, South Central, Northwest, and Southwest). Each region has a Medical Education Director (Med Ed Director), a practicing physician who is also employed by the SOM to administer rural programs for the school’s Office of Rural Medical Education. Due to the size of the Eastern site, there is also a Medical Education Assistant Director. Both of these directors help coordinate efforts to mentor, train, and place physicians throughout the eastern site. Additionally both participate in ongoing practice and community assessments, recruit physicians and practices to become health profession education sites, participate in local pre-medical student recruitment activities, and periodically visit students out on rural rotations. The directors in the eastern site are directly responsible for thirty-five counties.

Dr. Jon Sides, a Family Medicine physician at Coffey County Medical Center, has become the Medical Education Director for the Eastern site. Dr. Sides was promoted to this role after serving as the assistant director for 3 years. In addition to his director duties, he also precepts medical students for various rural rotations during the first, third, and fourth years of medical school.

Dr. Bethany Enoch, a Family Medicine physician at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, located in Pittsburg, was named the Assistant Network Site Director. Dr Enoch graduated from medical school at KU-SOM KC in 2010 and completed her residency in 2013 in Kansas City. In 2015, she became a volunteer faculty member for the SOM and since that time has been very active teaching medical students and other health care students.

“We are very excited about the energy and renewed enthusiasm that these new leaders will provide for student education. Reviews from the students have been extremely positive. They have been instrumental in helping to explore new avenues for student education in rural areas. We are very fortunate to have them on our team”, says Dr Michael Kennedy Associate Dean for Rural Health Education.

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