This year we launched an online data explorer tool for health care professionals and policy makers, called the Med School Mapper. The goal of this tool is to map the reach (or footprint) of medical school programs and graduates.
The Med School Mapper dramatically reduces the effort and time needed to identify communities that depend on a program’s or state’s graduates the most. It includes a footprint map showing which counties a state’s or school’s graduates are serving and how intensely. The map also shows:
- if graduates are caring for underserved communities
- whether graduates are practicing in rural communities
- which areas of care they are focused on
This information is used by state policymakers to direct expansion funding for medical school programs. The tool was built using ArcGIS Server and Flex API. View the tool today, and see how it is capturing the impact of local and regional medical schools.