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EVMS Gets Grant to Fund Public Health Training for Pediatricians

HHS gives school $800,000

Eastern Virginia Medical School has received a federal grant to provide more public health training for pediatricians.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave the Norfolk school a five-year, $800,000 grant to incorporate more public health concepts in the school's three-year pediatric residency program. Residents will graduate with a certificate in public health.

The HRSA-supported training will give pediatricians the knowledge to look beyond the exam room and appreciate how home life and other factors in the community can dramatically impact a child‘s health, says C.W. Gowen, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the EVMS pediatrics residency program.

"We've always wanted the residents to be good pediatricians," Dr. Gowen says. "But at the same time, we want them to go out and be leaders in their community in terms of being able to assess the health care needs of kids in their community and understand how, as pediatricians, they can effect change.

"Public health is perfect for pediatrics because you're setting the groundwork for the health of the adult," he says. "That's what public health is really all about."

Donald W. Lewis, MD, chair of pediatrics, says the additional training heightens the educational experience.

"It adds another dimension to the residency," he says. "It's a toolbox they will have with them for the rest of their career."


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