Hello to everyone and sorry I have been absent from writing for a while. If you haven’t been to our site recently, you will notice a dramatic difference-we have upgraded the site to make it more engaging and user friendly. We hope you like the changes. I am determined to do better in writing blog posts and I hope you find them helpful and entertaining. I also want to write case studies and post them on our forums for group discussion. I encourage you to provide your input on these posts.
So last year I volunteered in a local community health center (CHC) trying to mentor the primary care providers in musculoskeletal exams and injection techniques. The ultimate goal was to improve under served patient access to orthopedic care-referrals to orthopedics sometimes take 2-3 months for something as simple as getting a knee injection. While I was told that my efforts were helpful, I felt that I did not reach as many providers as I wanted due to scheduling issues and lack of a dedicated orthopedic clinic. What I found was that the most beneficial service that I could offer was to teach common injection techniques to the providers. I subsequently decided to offer a free injection workshop for those that wanted to do more.
I (PAOS) purchased six injection models for training. I also authored and designed an injection booklet (sample excerpt below) complete with pictures and tips on injections (pics below). I then hosted (at my practice) a Saturday morning workshop where I had nine of the CHC providers (MDs, PAs and NPs) attend. It took about 2 hours, and I am told by the CHC medical director that it increased their knowledge and skill and many are now offering injections to their patients. I also created a certificate of completion so that they can have proof for their credentialing authority. I have also been in contact with another large CHC in my state and we are working on setting up future workshops.
This lead me to think why not offer this on a national level? The PAOS has routinely donated money to local charities at our annual conferences as an advocacy effort, but I would like to expand our outreach by being advocates for communities. I want to engage our members to be PAOS ambassadors and offer injection workshops for community health clinics and rural health facilities in their communities. So I introduced the idea to the attendees at our Charlotte meeting and had several people interested. In fact, we have a tentative workshop planned for a rural community in Nebraska. I also plan to introduce this at our annual meeting in September where I hope it gains some traction. I even have a name in mind; PAOS C.A.R.E.S. (Community Advocacy and Resources for Educational Service). If any of you who read this are interested in hosting your own workshop, we (PAOS) will provide training materials and reimburse some of your expenses. Just let us know.