Community-Based Medical Education

Two Campuses, One Faculty, One School 

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Abstract of Journal Article -- August 2002  

Symposium on Medical Education

By Stanley I. Fisch, MD; Leonel Vela, MD, MPH; Steven A. Wartman, MD, PhD; and Francisco G. Cigarroa, MD  

With the establishment of the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), the state has entered a new era in community-based medical education. Unlike the other academic medical institutions in the state where full-time faculty are a significant component of the teaching faculty, the RAHC has no full-time faculty. The faculty of the Lower Rio Grande Valley RAHC are all community practitioners with either part-time or volunteer appointments at UTHSCSA. The establishment of this community-based medical education model in a campus that is geographically separated from the main campus provides unique opportunities and challenges. The most important considerations in implementing this model are the consistent provision of quality medical education and meeting the academic standards of those entities responsible for the accreditation of undergraduate and graduate medical education programs.

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