Community partnership model for health professions education

RC Henry Office of Medical Education, Research and Development, Michigan State University, East Lansing 48824.

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Many health professions schools have neglected the US population's health by emphasizing acutely ill patients in hospitals, biomedical research of disease, and high technology. Because most students will eventually fill practitioner roles in primary and secondary care, it is logical that the health professions must shift their curricula's focus to prepare practitioners for the health care needs of the community. The Community Partnership Model is one approach that focuses on public health care needs by educating students in multiprofessional teams in a new organizational structure known as the academic, community-based, primary health care center. This partnership between academic institutions and communities is designed to shift the educational and socializing activities of health professions training outside hospitals to the community setting where research, teaching, and service take place in one structure.