St. Claire HealthCare’s Family Medicine Residency Programs have been recognized by the Rural Training Track (RTT) Collaborative for a record of training and placing Family Practice Physicians in rural and underserved areas to practice medicine.
The RTT Collaborative gives recognition for residencies that place 35% or more of their graduates, averaged over 3 years, in rural and underserved areas to practice medicine.
St. Claire HealthCare’s Family Medicine Residencies have averaged greater than 66% of their graduating residents going on to practice in rural and underserved areas in Kentucky and surrounding states. Several of the graduates have decided to continue to practice medicine at St Claire HealthCare serving the patients in St. Claire’s service region. Examples include emergency medicine physician Punnaivanam Ravisankar, MD, and family medicine physicians Brad Baker, DO, Parker Banks, DO, Marie Dennison, MD, Kristen Murphy, DO, William Murphy, DO, Selena Raines, DO, and Amanda Ramey, DO.
Greg Bausch, Pharm D, Institutional Director of Medical Education at St Claire HealthCare, states that the residencies have made a huge impact on the health of the communities serviced by St. Claire HealthCare. “St. Claire HealthCare has been involved with medical education since its founding in 1963. However, the goal of attracting and retaining large numbers of physicians interested in rural and underserved populations has only been accomplished through the development of longitudinal programs of significant duration, such as these residency programs. If residents do most of their training in a rural area, then they will stay in a rural area to practice; pure and simple. This approach is a model that can effectively addresses the significant problem of maldistribution of medical professionals seen in most rural areas of the country. It has certainly positively impacted the 11 counties of St. Claire HealthCare’s service area in a relatively short period of time.”
“The outcome of graduates serving in disadvantaged areas of Kentucky is intentional,” says Craig Burrows, MD, St. Claire Residency Program Director. “We interview candidates who have strong commitments to the needs of the underserved and many have connections to our area. Training them in an excellent institution like St Claire HealthCare provides them the experience and confidence to be able to practice anywhere in the country but because of the role models they have in our area, they choose to go to rural areas.”
The mission of St Claire HealthCare’s Residencies is to create and retain future partners in delivering a healing ministry to our rural populations by focusing on the heart of family medicine.
The purpose of the RTT Collaborative is to sustain health professions education in rural places through mutual encouragement, peer learning, practice improvement, and the delivery of technical expertise, all in support of a quality rural workforce. The RTT* Collaborative is a board directed cooperative of participating programs and individuals committed to this mission.