R-AHEC receives grant to support needed medical student housing in Wyoming County
Warsaw, NY (March 3, 2017) – Catherine Huff, Chief Executive Officer, is pleased to announce that R-AHEC will be offering housing to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) primary care medical students beginning in July 2017 through a $23,337.97 grant from the William F. Thiel Trust, a fund held by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Funds under the award are intended to provide housing for students during each of their four-week long competency-based clinical rotations. These students would reside at the William F. Thiel Hospitality House, which is located directly behind the hospital and is owned and operated by R-AHEC. Students would be immersed in rural medicine and receive opportunities to learn about the community in which they serve. WCCHS and LECOM have created a crucial partnership to become an academic training site for medical students with a primary care focus. Huff said, “We are very excited about this new partnership and the opportunity to work with LECOM and WCCHS. This project has the capability to be very beneficial to both the students and Wyoming County residents. We are very grateful that the William F. Thiel Trust, a fund held by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, was able to make this project possible.”
Bilal Ahmed, MD, FACP, FRCP (Edin.), the Medical Director of Acute and Non-Skilled Nursing Facility Medical Operations at Wyoming County Community Hospital expressed his excitement for the project stating, “This endeavor will encourage and foster an academic environment at WCCHS and improve the quality of care in the county. The college has core competency-based clinical rotations at WCCHS and some area primary care sites will serve as teaching sites to its students. We also hope that this training will be helpful in our future physician recruitment and retention efforts.” Dr. Ahmed is also a Professor of Clinical Medicine and an Assistant Program Director for the University of Rochester School of Medicine-Internal Medicine Residency Program, along with being the Associate Medical Director at Highland Hospital.
Richard Terry, DO, MBA stated “LECOM is committed to offering clinical training opportunities in rural hospital systems. We are appreciative of the support of the foundation for subsidizing housing for our students while on rotation there. Collaborative, innovative efforts such as this will no doubt encourage medical students to pursue training in primary care and consider practicing in rural, underserved regions of NYS.” Dr. Terry is the Assistant Dean of Regional Clinical Education and Chief Academic Officer of LECOM at ArnotHealth Inc. in Elmira, New York.
For more information please contact: David Riddell, Director of Operations, Phone: 585-786-6275 WNY Rural Area Health Education Center, Inc. (R-AHEC) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org