Community Medicine and Population Health

During this combination longitudinal and block experience, residents identify population health needs and health disparities in Oconee County and the surrounding areas, assess social determinants of health, learn panel management with a focus on individual and practice productivity, and engage in the community to identify partners and resources for patient care. Residents accomplish these goals through structured didactics, participation in Journal Clubs, rotating at community sites, and dedicated teaching time on identifying individual and practice patterns with EMR data. Residents start their experience in their first year so they can use knowledge gained throughout residency to help guide patient care and quality improvement initiatives, and perform regular individual practice assessments. Community site rotations include Access Health Mountain Lakes (a community network whose goal is to strengthen healthcare delivery for the uninsured), Anderson-Oconee Behavioral Health Services, South Carolina Vocational Rehab, Foothills YMCA, Oconee Memorial Hospital’s Wellness Center and Cardiac Rehab, Golden Corner Food Pantry, and more.

This curriculum will prepare residents for independent practice and leadership roles by providing a thorough understanding of patient registries and of EMR data use, the ability to assess and manage a given patient population, practice addressing inequities in their individual patient panels, and the skills needed to identify and partner with community resources to advance population health in any community.