September 30, 2016Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster recently received the University of Alabama School of Medicine Dean’s Research Award for the “Development of a Culturally Competent Training Program for Medical Students and Residents at the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus.” Payne-Foster, associate professor of Community and Rural Medicine and deputy director of the Institute for Rural Health Research at the College of Community Health Sciences, won the award for developing a half-day training session for The University of Alabama’s Rural Health Conference, which will be held on March 30 and 31, 2017. The topic for the 18th annual conference, hosted by the College and the Institute, is women’s health. The training session will be for resident physicians, medical students and faculty at the College on the topic of cultural competency. “I know that is an important skill that students need in the future, and it is not offered much in their curriculum,” Payne-Foster says. “It also builds on some foundational work that the College has been doing for several years. Payne-Foster learned of the award in August and received $1,000 of funding. A planning committee comprised primarily of medical students and residents has started to develop the training session with pre- and post-evaluations that will be held in conjunction with the Rural Health Conference. Learn more about the annual conference at rhc.ua.edu.