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WINTER 2018 15 e field of medicine is rapidly changing. Scientific innovations are bringing new discoveries and treatments for patients, even as the demands of rising health care costs make news headlines. As leaders, physicians are expected to deliver high quality care, and to drive health system change, too. Are they prepared? Is medical education keeping up? Are physicians able to respond to the seemingly constant change in how we pay for and deliver care? Although medical students in the U.S. are well trained in the latest biomedical treatments, just a minority of them are trained to understand and lead health delivery reform, despite immense pressure to do so. In fact, most students graduate om medical school with little to no formal education in the business of health care delivery, medical economics, health policy or the social determinants of care. Collectively referred to as health systems science, these non-medical components of care delivery are increasingly critical to medical practice. But including them in an already full medical school curriculum poses a challenge, as does finding qualified faculty able to teach the courses. And yet knowing how to help patients navigate the health system can lead to better health outcomes and enhanced patient engagement. Anne VanGarsse, MD, KCU assistant dean for Clinical Affairs, assistant professor of pediatrics and faculty member, aims to expose students to health systems science, as well as inspire passion in for caring the underserved. Beginning this academic year, she is piloting the creation of a Community Health Center (CHC) track for third-year medical students in partnership with three Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Kansas City. A critical part of the U.S. "safety net," FQHCs provide comprehensive primary care to underserved communities across the US. ere are several FQHCs in the Kansas City and Joplin regions. In addition to her faculty role, VanGarsse serves as the chief health officer at the Health Partnership Clinic located in Olathe, Kan. As such, VanGarsse knows firsthand that, although FQHCs receive federal funding, they are oen under-resourced given the significant health needs of the communities they serve. Despite this, they are oen at the foreont of value-based care and quality improvement efforts, implementation of team- based care, and promotion of population health and social determinants of health. "is is the first year that we have had students in the CHC track. eir eyes have been opened to the struggles that uninsured patients face; they are learning so much," said Dr. VanGarsse. Students are completing required clinical clerkships at one of the eir eyes have been opened to the struggles that uninsured patients face; they are learning so much." " Anne VanGarsse, MD

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