One of the great challenges for Community Health Centers is meeting the increasing demands of a growing healthcare system while facing a shortage of primary care physicians. Fortunately, some programs have made it their mission to encourage students to train to return to work at health centers — programs like A.T. Still University’s, which we profiled in a blog post earlier this week, and the GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program.
The GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program is a service-based program backed by National Medical Fellowships and the GE Foundation. The program aims to give students the chance to examine the rewards (and challenges) of primary care practice at health centers by placing them at partner health centers across the country.
And then, hopefully, they’ll decide to stay.
This year, three scholars will train at International Community Health Services, a health center in Seattle. In personal essays these young scholars shared varying reasons about why they wanted to be a part of the program. Katie Cho is among the three scholars, and writes in her personal essay that “growing up in less privileged communities with immigrant parents unable to afford health insurance, I have firsthand knowledge of how social status limits health resources and attention. Witnessing such disparities drive me to work towards a health care system that is unbiased and all encompassing.”
All three scholars expressed a common aim in their essays — that they wanted to give back to the community. They should fit right in at ICHS.
To learn more about the three GE-NMF scholars working at International Community Health Services this summer, read more on ICHS’ website.
Is your health center training the doctors of the future? Let us know in the comments below and we could write about it in a future post.