Assistant professor - Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
The purpose of this study is not only to measure individual health care provider’s baseline knowledge and abilities of providing medical care for injured and ill farmers, but to do so in an efficient one-day course. The aim of this research is to combine the educational methodology of lecture format with hands-on environmental experience at the time convenience of the health care provider. Rural population groups’ unique health concerns due to farming also relate to the geographic isolation, distance from health care facilities and social isolation. Recognition of these characteristics, by health care providers, allows an open attitude in the development of educational offerings that will improve health care provision for the agricultural population.
My research involves the investigation of continuing education offerings for physicians and physician assistants that provide medical care for the patients that have farm-related injuries or illness. This project will lead to the creation and offering of a one-day CME workshop for health care providers in central Iowa.