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Overview

Studies have shown that medical students are familiar with a few concepts of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model[1]. However, many academic health science centers do not provide the framework for understanding how those concepts fit into the overarching PCMH model[2]. The PCMH training program at Meharry Medical College addresses this gap by developing the infrastructure for training all students and residents in the primary care departments in medicine, the general dentistry students and residents across both schools at Meharry Medical College.

What is a Patient-Centered Medical Home?

A Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a comprehensive care delivery model designed to improve the quality of care to patients. Elements of the PCMH include patient safety and improved quality of care, coordinated care and integration, comprehensive (whole person) care, personal physicians, enhanced access, team-based care and value-based payment.

Meharry Medical College Mission

Meharry Medical College is an academic health sciences center that exists to improve the health and health care of minority and underserved communities by offering excellent education and training programs in the health sciences. True to its heritage, Meharry places special emphasis on providing opportunities for people of color, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and others regardless of race or ethnicity; delivering high quality health services; and conducting research that fosters the elimination of health disparities.

 

[1] David A, Baxley L; ADFM. Education of students and residents in Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH): preparing the way. Ann Fam Med. 2011;9(3):274–275. doi:10.1370/afm.1272

[2] Riddle MC, Lin J, Steinman JB, et al. Incorporating the principles of the patient-centered medical home into a student-run free clinic. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2014;5:289–297. Published 2014 Sep 11. doi:10.2147/AMEP.S66762