In 2020, IU School of Medicine
received a $7 million grant from
the Health Resources & Services
Administration (HRSA) to help the
school educate medical students
to better care for underserved
populations. As the state and
nation continue to deal with the
devastating effects of the COVID-19
pandemic, as well as addressing
racial inequities captivating the
national consciousness, this grant
is aimed at helping IU School of Medicine lead the way in eliminating
health care deficits.
The grant will fund a project
called Primary Care Reaffirmation
for Indiana Medical Education
(PRIME). Its goal is to provide
doctors with the tools needed
to offer better care to medically
underserved and vulnerable
communities, both in primary and
PRIME will enhance the IU School
of Medicine curriculum by focusing
on social determinants of health,
primary care skills and health
systems science. The curriculum will
incorporate telehealth, ultrasound,
improvement projects and scholarly
training opportunities also will be
expanded throughout the state,
particularly in underserved Indiana
communities. This project reaches
beyond medical school and will be
coupled with primary care residency
expansion around the state.
The HRSA grant will award $1.75
million annually for four years with
a goal of giving medical students
at IU School of Medicine deeper
curricular and experiential exposure
for providing primary care to
underserved areas and populations
across the state. This will be
accomplished in partnership with
the school’s large number of clinical
partners—affiliations with 120
hospitals, clinics, practice groups
and health care organizations—to
assist with educational placements.
Clinical partners include 26 critical
access hospitals and 13 federally
qualified health centers statewide.
Additionally, IU School
of Medicine will strengthen
undergraduate recruitment efforts
focused on vulnerable populations.
This includes promotion of a
pipeline program in medical
science designed to prepare
underrepresented minority students
for medical school.
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