Welcome to the National Center on Medical Education, Development and Research (NCMEDR). The center is one of six national centers funded by a cooperative agreement from Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to transform primary care medical education and clinical practice through the Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement (AU-PCTE) program. NCMEDR was funded specifically to inform medical education curriculum to better prepare students to address the needs of three vulnerable populations: LGBTQ, persons experiencing homelessness, and migrant farm workers. Each of these vulnerable populations represents a significant segment of the overall population whose unique needs are rarely addressed, resulting in poor health outcomes and population-level disparities.

We hope to lead the national conversation by undertaking systems level research, engaging with our Community  of Practice (CoP), and disseminating research findings as to how medical schools can better prepare students to meet the health care challenges of these vulnerable populations. The NCMEDR expects that these activities will assist other medical schools as they develop new curriculum to examine health disparities, health services, health equity, and primary care training needs of vulnerable populations from a systems framework and a life course model.

We will provide information on this website that address the needs of health professions educators, residency directors, community physicians, and community organizations and leaders interested in improving health outcomes for these three vulnerable populations. Thank you for your interest!

Patricia Matthews-Juarez, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Director, Research Training Core, Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence
Meharry Medical College