Robert Gordon University is excited to partner with Augusta University, University of Aberdeen, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, and now NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to hold our second international rural health symposium. NES is an education and training body and a national health board within NHS Scotland. They are responsible for developing and delivering healthcare education and training for the NHS, health and social care sector and other public bodies. They have a Scotland-wide role in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development.

The virtual symposium will be an interactive opportunity for health care professionals from all backgrounds to focus on the understanding of rural health challenges through the lens of education and workforce preparation. Expert panelists will present innovative and creative solutions they’ve addressed in access to care, experiential learning and connectivity challenges. These presentations will foster discussions among breakout groups on ways these strategies might be replicated or enhanced.

As an important foundation, and in large part because of the anticipated publications and research coming from this symposium, we are engaging key experts in the field of rural health education. We look forward to opening the symposium up to a broader audience at subsequent events.

Augusta Universit
NHS Education for Scotland
Robert Gordan University Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen
UGA College of Pharmacy

About

During the Converge symposium 2021 (CONVERGE 21), Provost Neil MacKinnon of Augusta University announced grant funding for investigations into rural health issues to 10 collaborative research projects, each up to $10,000. The purpose of this funding opportunity was to invite and support multi-disciplinary collaborative partnerships that investigate issues around access to care, experiential learning, and connectivity in rural communities. Each funded project involved at least one partner from each side of the Atlantic, we are delighted that CONVERGE 22 will showcase the collaborative projects inspired and funded by Augusta University.

CONVERGE 22

Any individual or group from Augusta University, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, University of Aberdeen or Robert Gordon University and NHS for Education Scotland (NES) is invited to develop joint applications for CONVERGE 22 grant funding. The research projects can focus on, but are not limited to, clinical practice, health care delivery, research in rural health context, education for rural health care and artistic representation from a rural perspective. Please contact Converge22@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

Resources

Rural areas present a number of challenges for both providers and families in managing and accessing healthcare. This multidisciplinary conference focuses on spotlighting innovative and collaborative efforts to provide better care with limited resources through educational and training initiatives from health professions colleges and universities.

Pre-symposium Readings on:

Education Systems
Comparisons

Pre-symposium Readings on:

Geographic and Demographic Comparisons

Pre-symposium Readings on:

Health Systems
Comparisons

Pre-symposium Readings on:

Partner Institution Health Professions Programs

Pre-symposium Readings on:

Health Professions
Comparisons

Pre-symposium Readings on:

Health Status of our Populations Comparisons

Speakers

Don Cairns

Don Cairns

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Laura Chalmers

Laura Chalmers

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Angus Cooper

Angus Cooper

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Pam Cromer

Pam Cromer

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Scott Cunningham

Scott Cunningham

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Alan R. Denison

Alan R. Denison

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Isla Fairley

Isla Fairley

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Lauren Williams Hopkins

Lauren Williams Hopkins

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Zach Kelehear

Zach Kelehear

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Denise D. Kornegay

Denise D. Kornegay

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Debbie Layman

Debbie Layman

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Colin Lumsden

Colin Lumsden

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Matt Lyon

Matt Lyon

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Graham Macaulay

Graham Macaulay

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Neil MacKinnon

Neil MacKinnon

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Kathryn Martin

Kathryn Martin

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Jerry Morse

Jerry Morse

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Douglas W. Patten

Douglas W. Patten

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Bruce Riggs

Bruce Riggs

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Gordon Rushworth

Gordon Rushworth

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Lindsey Welch

Lindsey Welch

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Donna Wynne

Donna Wynne

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Stacy Zhang

Stacy Zhang

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Core Planning Team

Creative and innovative leadership and engaged teams from Augusta University (AU), University of Aberdeen (UoA), University of Georgia’s College of Pharmacy (UGA), Robert Gordon University (RGU) and NHS education for Scotland are leading the way to building our inaugural international rural health symposium.

Jessica Burkhalter, MBA (AU)

PROJECT MANAGER

Donald Cairns, PhD (RGU)

Laura Chalmers, RGN, BA, MSc., PGCert, RNT, SFHEA (RGU)

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT LEAD

Susan Dawkes, PhD, RN (RGU)

Christen Engel, MEd (AU)

Ketarya Hunt Bass, MPH, MCHES® (AU)

Dan Kaminstein, MD, M.S.Ed., FACEP, DTM&H (AU)

Zach Kelehear, EdD, (AU)

PROJECT LEAD

Denise Kornegay, MSW (AU)

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT LEAD

Neil MacKinnon, PhD, (AU)

PROJECT SPONSOR

Rusty May, Pharm.D., FASHP (UGA)

James N’Dow, MB, ChB, FRCS (Ed), MD, FRCS (Urol)(UoA)

Tanya Sudia, PhD, RN, FAAN (AU)

Suzanne Tatum (AU)

EVENT PLANNING LEAD

Emma Watson, MSc, FRCPath, FRCP Ed (NHS)

Heather Young, MPA (AU)

COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING LEAD