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Retention Database Module

In 2007, Donald E. Pathman, MD MPH, Director of the Program on Primary Care and the Health Professions at UNC’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, agreed to evaluate the CPP. This evaluation identified a need to more closely track not only recruitment of medical practitioners but their retention. This evolved into another opportunity for partnership. The NC Medical Society Foundation in partnership with the NC Office of Rural Health, the Sheps Center, and the NC Foundation for Advanced Health Programs collaborated to create a new module for Practice Sights. The new module will enhance our ability to address issues that affect retention in our programs and to report the outcomes of our efforts. There is no other system available to accomplish this task; the intent is to make this system available to 27 other states to help them more effectively measure their efforts as well. Given the critical issue of recruitment and retention of primary care providers in rural and underserved areas, this tool will enhance our ability to address this issue in a much more targeted and informed manner. Many thanks go to the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation for their support in this effort.

Workforce Project Model

More recently, the NCMS Foundation, in partnership with the The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research (Sheps Center) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received a $750,000 grant from Physicians Foundation to support a program to develop an open source projection model that predicts the supply and need for physicians in the United States. The project will run from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013 and will result in multiple outputs including a freely available web-based model and user guide. The model and findings will be disseminated through presentations at professional conferences, manuscripts, a policy brief and a final report.

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