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AFMC and Partners Receive Federal Grant to Train Physicians

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Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) recently received a $1.9 million federal grant to fund a five-year project that will train health care professionals in value-based and trauma-informed care, leadership and team-based health care.

The grant, which totals $1,902,095, comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesHealth Resources and Services Administration. Through the grant, AFMC expects to provide training to at least 20 professionals in cutting-edge health care topics, according to an AFMC press release.physicians

AFMC is partnering with the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) and ARcare to create the fellowship program. According to the press release, this partnership is designed to “strength the primary-care workforce and health care in medically underserved communities in rural Arkansas.”

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To qualify for the fellowship program, the health care professionals must be either primary care physicians (medical doctors or doctors of osteopathic medicine) or physician assistants. ARCOM will be developing the fellowship program, which will be designed to increase leadership skills as well as increase understanding of the role social factors play in affecting health. The program will also emphasize improving the quality of health care service and identifying best health care practices.

The fellowship participants will be tasked with developing and implementing a nine-month transformation project that corresponds to their health care facility’s mission. Each project has the aim of “improving patient outcomes, controlling costs and improving patients’ satisfaction with their care.”

Currently, there are plans to accept five fellows for every year the grant is in effect.

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