The Arkansas Good Medicine, “Primary Care Training Enhancement (PCTE): Training Primary Care Champions” Fellowship, is a collaborative work of the Arkansas Foundation of Medical Care (AFMC), the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) and ARcare, a federally qualified health center. The fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. This online program welcomes health care providers from all fifty states to apply.
This fellowship program will provide five to seven fellows with the opportunity to study and have an impact on their community through an individual health care practice transformation project.
The program goals are:
- Enhance leadership skills
- Improve understanding of how social factors affect health
- Disseminate strategies to implement trauma-informed care
- Teach methods to build team-based care
- Improve quality
It is designed so primary care providers may continue working while participating in the fellowship program. Fellows will receive a $1,200 monthly stipend.
The 12-week program curriculum includes learning modules, case studies, assigned readings and discussions. The training will also identify best practices for trauma-informed care for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), opioid abuse, mental health care, childhood obesity. Each fellow will actively participate by creating and implementing a nine-month, health care practice transformation project that will enhance their practice of medicine and their community.
Fellows will submit their final project report to a peer-reviewed journal for publication. At the end of the program, selected fellows will present their work at the 2022 Arkansas Good Medicine Kickoff meeting.
Arkansas Good Medicine timeline
- Application released: August 1, 2021
- Application due: 11:59 p.m. January 28, 2022
- Selection: January 31 - February 4, 2022
- Notice of acceptance: February 7-11, 2022
- Kick-off meeting: February 18, 2022
- Online curriculum: March 7, 2022
- Transformational project begins: August 2022
- HRSA PCTE Washington D.C. Trip: August 2022
- Transformation project presentations & final reports submitted: February 2023
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Practicing two years as a MD, DO or PA
- Practice in the field of internal medicine, family medicine, general practice or pediatrics
- Medical license in good standing
The Arkansas Good Medicine fellowship has the following expectations:
- One-year time commitment
- Complete six two-week modules online
- Completion of a transformational project focused on obesity, mental health, opioid use and/or trauma-informed care
- Submit transformational project to at least one peer-reviewed journal
- Peer presentation of transformational project at local, state or national conference
Applications must be emailed to ARgoodmedicine@afmc.org