National Primary Care Week

AMSA National Primary Care Week is November 1-5. We will be having a variety of talks about primary care throughout the week.

When Nov 01, 2010 12:20 PM to
Nov 05, 2010 12:20 PM
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Hi Class,
 
Interested in primary care?  Fewer and fewer medical students are, and, because of this, the United States is facing a projected primary care physician shortage in the future.  This shortage will lead to reduced access and a more fragmented healthcare delivery system which is both more costly and produces worse outcomes.
 
Want to know how you can be part of the solution?  Well, folks, primary care is the answer and November 1-5 is National Primary Care Week!  Primary Care Week offers you a chance to improve your understanding about what exactly primary care is and why it is important, to meet role models in the field, and to learn about clinical and non-clinical opportunities in primary care.  In the words of our friends at AMSA national:
 
National Primary Care Week (NPCW) is an annual event to highlight the importance of primary care and bring health care professionals together to discuss and learn about generalist and interdisciplinary health care, particularly its impact on and importance to underserved populations. NPCW aims to focus the attention of health professional students from all disciplines on the failure of the healthcare system to provide equal, high quality health care to all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, race and other factors, and to provide students with the tools to address these inequalities.
 
In conjunction with this national initiative, UNC’s chapter of AMSA has scheduled a full week of events.
 
      Monday, November 1:  NPCW information table.  Stop by our table and pick up some information, grab a bagel (limited supply) and learn more about primary care.  8:00-1:00 MBRB Lobby.
      Tuesday, November 2:  “Primary Care in the Community” with Dr. Beat Steiner of UNC Family Medicine and Piedmont Health Services and Dr. Gayle Thomas of Piedmont Health Services.  12:00-1:00.  Bondurant G010
      Wednesday, November 3:   “Primary Care Resident Panel” with residents from Internal Med, Family Med, Pediatrics and Med-Peds.  12:00-1:00.  MacNider 322
      Thursday, November 4:Take a moment in the afternoon to watch this excellent roundtable discussion with some friends and discuss the future of Primary Care  “Redesigning Primary Care”: Roundtable discussion from the New England Journal of Medicine:   http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp0809050#figure=preview.jpg
      Friday, November 5:  “Opportunities in Primary Care” with Wanda Greene of the National Health Service Corps and Dr. Tom Wroth, former loan repayee with the program.  Learn more about NHSC, the Indian Health Service, and other opportunities for primary care physicians  and medical students interested in primary care.  12:00-1:00 MacNider 322.
 
Lunch will be provided at all of the noon-time events.  For more specific information about each of these events, check your SOM activity calendar on Sakai. 
 
Also, keep posted for a special edition of the Health Policy Interest Group newsletter dedicated to primary care and other events that will be held later this year and early next.
 
Hope to see you at our events!
 
Dan White and Kristen Seiler
Primary Care Week coordinators

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