Reid Health has announced a new partnership with Earlham College to expand the health system’s growth as a teaching center. The new community medicine program will offer Earlham students clinical training and hands-on experience to help treat chronically ill patients in the region.
The program has no charge to the patients. Paramedics travel to patient homes, working with primary and specialty care providers and assessing risks and barriers to care. A select group of pre-med students at Earlham will be chosen to take the course starting in the Fall semester.
Students will have weekly sessions featuring guest speakers from the Reid system and community.
"This is a win-win-win for Earlham students, Reid Health, and the community," said Peter Blair, co-director of Earlham’s Center for Global Health. "Our students will receive additional training and clinical experience while building relationships with our neighbors in the region. The community will benefit from well-trained and energetic students who will serve and engage with local citizens to improve health outcomes while working to reduce costly hospital visits."