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rural medicine

Courtesy UNM School of Medicine

  New Mexico has a chronic shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas.  On this episode, we look at a program at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine that is working to address that by recruiting promising high school students who want to work in New Mexico to enter the Combined BA/MD Program. The students earn an undergraduate degree through the College of Arts and Sciences in a curriculum designed to prepare them for medical school.

Courtesy Project ECHO

In many parts of the world, including rural New Mexico, it's difficult for patients to access specialists in health care. But instead of moving more providers to those areas, what if doctors and other health professionals who already work in those communities could gain the knowledge and expertise they need to help their patients? That's the idea behind Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcome, or Project ECHO. It launched in 2003 at the University of New Mexico to respond to the growing Hepatitis C crisis around New Mexico.