Numerous obstacles stand in the way of universal access to health care.1,2 Some of these barriers are political, and influencing them is more problematic, slow, and subject to the climate of the time. Other aspects may be addressed by increasing the pool of physicians aware of and involved in the issues of serving the underserved.
The Ambulatory Pediatric Association (APA), under the leadership of Paul McCarthy, MD, began addressing the issue of serving the underserved in March 1990. A conference, cosponsored by the APA and the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, was convened. Participants in the conference included nurses, social workers, and physicians, many of whom were chief residents in their respective training programs. These individuals were representative of different regions in our nation and cared for different populations within these regions. Participants were asked to address one aspect of the impact of underserved children on resident education.
Berkowitz CD. Serving the Underserved: Impact on Resident Education. Am J Dis Child. 1991;145(5):544–545. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1991.02160050070019
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