National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Education in Tuberculosis--A Need in Puerto Rico
William Rodriguez, M.D., San Juan Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Fifth Funding Cycle
07/01/97 - 06/30/02


The primary goals of this application are to: 1) provide an integrated curriculum that emphasizes principles and practices relevant to TB and TB control at all levels of medical education; 2) improve TB education in the Puerto Rican community, focusing on the providers caring for high risk clients; and 3) develop a faculty capable of providing high quality TB instruction. The proposed curriculum development plan involves the following major components: a) creation of a multidisciplinary advisory committee; b) development of instructional materials that emphasize the importance of TB and TB control in case-based problem solving sessions; c) increased didactic and case-based teaching during the clinical rotation of medical students as well as housestaff postgraduate fellows; d) training of faculty responsible for TB education; and e) improved continuing education in TB for community physicians and health care workers through courses and collaboration with the Department of Public Health and other community organizations. Research related to TB control will be fostered.

For more information please contact:
William Rodriguez, M.D.
Pulmonary Section (111E)
San Juan Veterans Affairs Medical Center
One Veterans Plaza
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00927-5800
Phone: (787) 641-7582 x 31644, 31589
FAX: (787) 641-9541

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