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Something to think about for 4th year

December 28, 2006

Health Care Design Elective:
Designing Desirable Health Care Delivery Systems

The Gesundheit! Institute invites you to join us for a one month program of designing — of thinking outside the box of the current health care system. This elective focuses on the questions: What health care delivery system do I want? and How do I begin to design and implement that?

The program specifically addresses health care students who feel the current health care system is undesirable and unsustainable, and who want time, tools, and community to figure out what next?

Spend a month in a beautiful Appalachian valley in rural West Virginia making house calls, studying a health care delivery system of another country, learning the language of systems, and designing a health care delivery system based on what YOU WANT!

On-site housing, food, reading materials, Internet access, and instruction and guidance by a board-certified internist are all provided at no charge. Students will immerse themselves in the WV Gesundheit! community activities — i.e., gardening, clowning, cooking, cleaning, having fun! — as part of the elective.

This elective is currently offered during the months of February, July, and October. Start and finish dates for each month will be determined by the enrolled participants. Enrollment is limited to 4 students per session. Deadline for registration is 30 days prior to the start of the elective session:
February 2007 Registration deadline: January 1, 2007
July 2007 Registration deadline: June 1, 2007
October 2007 Registration deadline: September 1, 2007

This elective is approved for credit as an Honors Project for Family Practice students at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Gesundheit! offers assistance to health care students seeking credit through other institutions.

For additional information and to request an application please contact Bonnie at or write to:

* Bonnie D. Gifford, M.D.
* The Gesundheit! Institute
* HC 64 Box 167
* Hillsboro, WV 24946

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