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Community-based Faculty Members Provide Real-world Experiences For UK Chandler Medical Center Students

By Amanda White

 

An opportunity for dialogue between UK on-campus faculty and community-based faculty will take place during the annual multidisciplinary community- based teaching conference, “Preparing Practitioners for the 21st Century IX: Nurturing the Complete Practitioner,” held March 7-8 at the Hyatt Regency, 401 West High Street.

 

March 4, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- University of Kentucky students don’t spend all of their time learning in the classroom. Each year, students in the colleges of Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy receive hands-on learning experiences by working with health care practitioners at about 600 sites across the state.

Their mentors, called community-based faculty members, are not paid for their help, although they provide a tremendous amount of teaching time to students. In fact, those that teach students from the UK College Medicine alone give $2.2 million a year in teaching time.

With the help of the community-based faculty, students are integrated into the community where they work, encouraging them to perhaps return to practice in that area after graduation. Many students go to Eastern Kentucky for training, since practitioners are in high demand in that area.

An opportunity for dialogue between UK on-campus faculty and community-based faculty will take place during the annual multidisciplinary community-based teaching conference, “Preparing Practitioners for the 21st Century IX: Nurturing the Complete Practitioner,” held March 7-8 at the Hyatt Regency, 401 West High Street.

Perri Klass, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, and medical director of the Reach Out and Read National Center, will deliver the keynote address at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 8.
For more information about the conference or about community-based faculty go to www.mc.uky.edu/cbfi/ or call Jim Ballard at (859) 323-8018.


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