Heads up to medical students or readers who know of students eager to learn more about family medicine: Tune in to an upcoming webinar hosted by AAFP President-elect Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb.
AAFP President-elect Robert Wergin, M.D., shown here with a grandfather and granddaughter from his community, tends to patients of all ages during a typical day in his rural Nebraska clinic.
The free webinar, titled "Rural Primary Care: Why It's Right for Your Patients and Your Career," will air on Oct. 9 from 7-8 p.m. EDT. There's no advance registration; participants simply sign in the evening of the webinar using event number 296 296 944 and password Web1234. (Editor's Note: The archived webinar is now available online(www.youtube.com).)
Wergin will pass along pertinent information about the state of the U.S. health care workforce, talk statistics relative to the unmet health care needs of patients in America's underserved rural areas, and share anecdotes about his life as a rural family physician. He anticipates plenty of questions from his virtual student audience and has allotted time accordingly.
The webinar is part of a series hosted by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) in conjunction with National Primary Care Week(www.amsa.org), an annual event that in 2014 is being celebrated from Oct. 6-10.
Ashley Bentley, M.B.A., the AAFP's student interest strategist, helped arrange the webinar and is bringing it to the attention of family medicine interest group advisers and leaders nationwide. She noted that the webinar will be archived for later viewing; check the AMSA and AAFP websites for that link after the webinar runs.
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