Published on February 27, 2018

Firelands Family Medicine Residency Program Obtains $3,000 Grant

(February 27, 2018 – Sandusky, Ohio) Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program was recently awarded a $3,000 grant to to encourage research by learners in rural health professions education and training about rural primary care, rural population health, and rural health workforce education and training. The funds will be used to purchase point of care lead testing equipment.

The grant was awarded by the Collaborative for Rural Primary Care Research Education and Practice (Rural PREP) from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Andrew Gantzer, a family medicine resident at Firelands, organized the application for the grant.

Point-of-care lead testing equipment is used to test lead levels in the blood, and can be used by family medicine physicians. Each state has guidelines for blood lead testing. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that “children should be tested at least once when they are 2 years of age or, ideally, twice, at 1 and 2 years of age, unless lead exposure can be confidently excluded.”

For more than 40 years, Firelands Regional Medical Center has provided osteopathic medical education in Northwest Ohio, graduating over 280 residents and interns. Fostering a collegial environment, both allopathic and osteopathic physicians work together to offer a quality clinical medical education to the trainees.

Learn more about the Medical Education programs at Firelands today.

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