Boston University Turns to Community Health Programs to Expand Rural Medical Education
Pediatrician Dr. Lili Peacock-Chambers
named adjunct professor in BU School of Medicine’s
new Berkshire Rural Track Program
Great Barrington, Mass. (Feb. 16, 2016) – Dr. Lili Peacock-Chambers, a pediatrician with Community Health Programs in Great Barrington, has received an adjunct faculty appointment with Boston University’s School of Medicine, which is expanding its clinical rotations to rural health centers in the state.
Peacock-Chambers said she expects to begin teaching BU Medical students starting in September 2016. The initiative is intended to expand medical students’ exposure to medicine beyond busy urban medical centers — into rural areas with community-based health programs.
For CHP, the rural rotation will draw new physicians and other health care providers who may then consider a future career in a rural setting, where physician recruitment can be challenging.
CHP as well as other practices in South County will participate in the rotation of medical students through pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology.
“Potentially, a student can do multiple rotations in Berkshire County, through various specialities,” said Peacock-Chambers, a graduate of the University of Washington Medical School who did rural rotations in Idaho and Montana during her medical school training. “For the provider instructors, teaching keeps us sharp.”
Lia Spiliotes, interim executive director at CHP, said “The BU connection is a win-win for CHP and for aspiring physicians who may be far removed from rural health care. We hope they will find that rural health care can bring a truly rewarding career and lifestyle for medical professionals.”