Agromedicine focus group: Cooperative extension agents and medical school instructors plan farm field trips for medical students

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  • Background: Current medical education policy seeks to address the health care needs of underserved populations, among whom are individuals associated with agriculture. Methods: This paper describes a focus group approach to planning farm field trips whereby medical students accompany agricultural extension agents to study the personal, occupational, and environmental health concerns of farmers. Results: The resulting plan joins a state's cooperative extension system, medical school, and farm community in partnership to provide an experiential approach to agricultural medicine and rural health education. Conclusion: The planning exercise and the field trips are successful examples of agromedicine, a partnership approach to preventive agricultural medicine involving professionals in medicine and in agriculture.
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  • Wheat JR; Turner TJ; Weatherly L; Wiggins OS
  • Start Page

  • 27
  • End Page

  • 31
  • Volume

  • 96
  • Issue

  • 1