Agricultural Medicine Training for Rural America
The study will collect information on the following questions. 1. Are continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education (CE) opportunities in agricultural medicine available for physicians, nurses, NPs or PAs practicing in rural settings? 2. Do NP, PA, RN, MD, and DO training programs specializing in rural health care offer required or elective courses, or other educational programs such as seminars or guest speakers, on agricultural medicine topics? 3. To the extent that questions 1 and 2 are answered affirmatively, what are the characteristics of these educational opportunities: content areas, program type (elective, required, seminar, CME, etc.), geographic distribution, participation levels, and student/clinician population (DO, MD, NP, RN, PA)? 4. What collaborations exist between clinicians and agriculture-related agencies (i.e., the Department of Agriculture and NIOSH) for delivery of agricultural medicine services? A systematic literature review will be conducted for published papers and a search of Internet sites undertaken on agricultural medicine training and education sites. A preliminary Internet search has identified the nine Agricultural Safety and Health Centers funded nationally by NIOSH. These Centers will form the first step in a snowball sampling technique to identify training and education opportunities around the country by clinician population. Organizations, agencies, and schools identified in this search will be contacted to complete on-line surveys and interviews to answer the research questions. Results will be tabulated and summarized descriptively, with a focus on training opportunities in rural areas.
Agricultural Health Training for Rural America
West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
This report locates agricultural health programs and courses and describes collaborations that exist between clinicians and agriculture-related agencies.