As a practicing physician, spare time to learn about health care policy or the larger factors that determine patient health can be nonexistent. AFMC is here to help.

Applications are open for the third year of the Arkansas Good Medicine (AGM) fellowship program. AGM is a competitive year-long fellowship program for health care providers that provides a chance to learn and sharpen your skills through a 12-week, online, interactive learning curriculum that includes case studies, assigned readings and discussions and a nine-month clinic transformation project. As a participating fellow, you will have protected time in your busy practice to learn and work on an individual health care practice transformation project.

Monthly stipend

Fellows will receive a $1,200 monthly stipend to support time away from clinical practice. You must continue to work while participating in this one-year fellowship.

Training will focus on

Best practices for trauma-informed care for patients with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), social determinants of health, health policy and advocacy, leadership and team-based healthcare, and quality improvement.

After completion of the training course, each fellow will develop and implement a project to address  one of the following health care issues in your practice and your community:

  • Opioid abuse
  • Mental health care
  • Childhood obesity

Fellowship goals

  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Improve understanding of how social factors affect health
  • Disseminate strategies to implement trauma-informed care
  • Teach methods to build team-based care
  • Improve quality

Program expectations

The Arkansas Good Medicine fellowship has the following expectations:

  • One-year time commitment March 2021 – February 2022
  • Complete six two-week modules online
  • Complete a transformational project focused on obesity, mental health, opioid use and/or trauma-informed care
  • Submit transformational project to at least one peer reviewed journal
  • Peer presentation of transformational project at local, state or national conference

The competitive application process is open until Dec. 31. Online application at info.afmc.org/agm. Email ARgoodmedicine@afmc.org for more information.

To be eligible applicants must meet the following minimum requirements

  • Practicing two years as a MD, DO or PA
  • Practice in the field of internal medicine, family medicine, general practice or pediatrics
  • Practice in a rural setting or medically underserved area
  • Have a medical license in good standing