We got a great writeup in the OHSU Family Medicine monthly newsletter. Read all about it here:
What the heck are these guys doing?
Matthew, Weston and Nathan are first year medical students with a passion for community health and biking. Along with Daphne, a first year Veterinary student, the 4 companions will embark on a five-week trip through 1,000 miles of rural Oregon wonder. Along the way they will be working in conjunction with the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians to facilitate community discussions on improving local healthcare options. See our photo album
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
The Plan: To ride West from Portland to the Coast, South down the Coast to Bandon, make our way diagonally across the state, ending our trip in Enterprise. The 1,000+ mile trip should take us between 4-5 weeks. We are actively working with the OAFP to contact physicians in towns along the route. Hopefully we will be able to establish project sites in 10-15 different locations throughout the state.
Friday, April 1, 2011
As future health care professionals, we are concerned about the disparity of care available between rural and urban areas. Increasingly, health care providers and resources are becoming concentrated in the most populous areas of Oregon, leaving rural areas with an alarming shortage.
Medical students have one summer off during their training. For many this is a time to explore projects not covered in the standard curriculum, but which are still important. The Oregon Academy of Family Physicians is a group which is actively working to address the shortage of primary care physicians, particularly in rural areas. The three of us propose to spend our summer biking through much of the far-flung reaches of this fine state, sharing the message of the OAFP and holding an open forum with residents, business leaders, and health care providers in rural areas to discuss potential solutions to this problem, and help guide future policy decisions.