RPLP Faculty Development Conference Offers
Chance to Discuss Health Care Reform with Rural Health Care Providers,
One of the major perks of my job at UK HealthCare is having the
opportunity to travel across our Commonwealth for various meetings,
conferences and events (check out some of my previous posts to see where
I've recently been). I am honored to represent UK HealthCare at these
events throughout Kentucky and thoroughly enjoy meeting all sorts of
interesting people through my journeys around this great state.
On Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17, I hit the road once
again, this time heading to Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive
Hill, Ky., for the UK Rural Physician Leadership Program (RPLP) Faculty
Development Conference. With this pristine state park as a backdrop, I
had the opportunity to speak with rural health care providers, and
medical students interested in rural practice, on a topic which will
come as no surprise to you if you are a regular to this blog: health
I enjoyed getting to discuss the implications that this legislation
will have on rural health care in Kentucky as well as engaging in
valuable discourse with the physicians (and future physicians) who will
be directly affected by this impending reform. It was especially
rewarding to have one of Kentucky's newest physicians in the group.
That physician is our son Dr. Matt Birdwhistell who recently began his
practice at the St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead,
Kentucky. Check out St. Claire's press release regarding the new Dr.
Now, more than ever, rural Kentucky needs physicians. I really admire
these physicians who serve their communities and are working where they
are truly needed.
Although the need for physicians in rural Kentucky is great, I also
came away from this conference with a sense that we at UK HealthCare and
UK College of Medicine are making progress in our goal to provide and
educate physicians to serve the whole state. Several of the
students present were part of UK College of Medicine's RPLP Program
which specifically prepares UK medical students, who have expressed an
interest in rural medicine, to become rural physicians. For more
information on this unique program, click here.
Speaking to the UK Rural Physician Leadership Program Faculty
A round-table focus group
Engaging with some of our state's future physicians