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A family medicine intern reflects on his first weeks in residency and the many simple and sometimes unexpected ways family physicians show their patients that they care. 

By Cleveland Piggott, MD

I chose to be a primary care physician for many reasons. The mix of prevention and acute care, the broad scope of practice, and the variety of patients are just a few. But the main reason is my love of caring for others. I was reminded of that recently during a conversation with a patient at the hospital.

“I’ll never forget the look in your eyes. You wanted to help but just didn’t know how,” my patient told me. 

Posted by Sonya Collins on Nov 24, 2015 11:33 AM EST
Krista EskayToday on the blog, physical therapy student Krista Eskay shows us the essential role physical therapists play in primary care - especially when seeing patients multiple times a week. As she explains, frequent patient visits enable strong relationship-building and almost unrivaled opportunity to improve access to care. more...
Posted by Nate Leskovic on Nov 19, 2015 11:12 AM EST
Columbia town hall meetingJust as a PCP’s Columbia chapter met to discuss re-energizing their efforts they were faced with the ultimate crisis: the planned closure of their family medicine program. Today on the blog, chapter members provide their perspective on the situation that propelled them back into action. more...
Posted by Nate Leskovic on Nov 17, 2015 10:20 AM EST
Stephanie RubinToday on the blog, Tulane med student Stephanie Rubin discusses her experience with the neighborhood clinics that popped up around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and changed the way health care is delivered. Notably, this transformation includes a new curricular program the Tulane PCP chapter runs that aims to form more longitudinal relationships with patients and explore the social determinants of health that affect them. more...
Posted by Nate Leskovic on Nov 12, 2015 10:23 AM EST
When these two Vassar grads started college, they didn't know anything about primary care until they volunteered at the student-run free clinic. So when they launched a PCP chapter, they made it their mission to help educate their peers about primary care, too. 

By Lanbo Yang (left) and Zoe Adams

When we started classes at Vassar College, we didn’t know anything about primary care. Our first exposure to the field was at the ECHO Clinic, a free clinic in the South Bronx serving the uninsured in New York City. We spent summers volunteering at this clinic that’s run by Albert Einstein College medical students and family physicians. We saw people who had been rejected by other hospitals and denied treatment because they lacked insurance. They came in for Pap smears, diabetes counseling and annual check-ups. The family physicians we interacted with were some of the most compassionate, socially aware, and dedicated doctors we had ever encountered in a clinical setting. They worked extra hours on top of their already packed schedules to ensure these patients received the health care they deserved.

Posted by Sonya Collins on Nov 10, 2015 11:09 AM EST
Nash WittenAfter spending a month in American Samoa, medical student Nash Witten could readily see the health disparities that the Pacific archipelago population faces. Today on the blog, Witten describes his experience working with high school youth on the islands and the realities of the underserved communities.
Posted by Nate Leskovic on Nov 5, 2015 11:59 AM EST
This med student learned one of the most valuable lessons about primary care from her soccer coach. 

By Alexandra "AJ" Millet

As the last line of defense in soccer, the goalkeeper holds a privileged position. She’s the one who can see the whole field unfolding in front of her, and she’s the one who must come up with big plays when the game is on the line. When I was a goalkeeper, I lived for the pressure, drama and chance to be the one to make the big plays for my team.
Posted by Sonya Collins on Nov 3, 2015 10:12 AM EST
Join us in welcoming our new executive director, Jennifer Nadelson. Jennifer, who has worked in mission-driven organizations throughout her career, will lead PCP’s strategic and operational efforts. She is excited to embark on this new mission to revitalize primary care. She sat down with our director of media and communications, Jenette Restivo, for a Q&A. Here's what she said.

JR: You come to PCP from a very interesting neighboring nonprofit. Can you tell us about your work at your previous job?

 Ariadne Labs is a global public health ‘think and do’ organization that is focused on applying simple solutions to seemingly complex problems.  more...
Posted by Sonya Collins on Oct 29, 2015 10:07 AM EDT
Each year, National Primary Care Week - and all of October - serves as the perfect opportunity for PCP chapters to celebrate, advocate for and advance the field of primary care. This year was no different as our network of over 50 chapters at schools around the country came together and orchestrated a vibrant series of successful events. Today on the blog, PCP's media & communications intern provides us a recap. 

Posted by Nate Leskovic on Oct 27, 2015 3:50 PM EDT
Today on the blog, PCP's founder and president takes an in-depth look into recent events at Columbia University. After an announcement that the school's family medicine program was scheduled for closing, the decision was rapidly reversed after well-organized outcry. Dr. Morris-Singer's reflections bring hope that the Columbia experience will provide inspiration to other primary care communities under threat. 

Posted by Nate Leskovic on Oct 22, 2015 1:10 PM EDT
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