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6da7a8af7ed526eb437fc0235abe13ef-huge-thThe Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has helped make possible some of PCP's most important initiatives, including the Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit and the student hotspotting project. We sat down with President Dr. George Thibault of the foundation to discuss the need for improved primary care education and the importance of interprofessional teamwork and learning to care for the underserved -- among our many other shared values. See what Dr. Thibault had to say. 

Progress Notes: Like Primary Care Progress, the Macy Foundation values interprofessional education and interprofessional teamwork among health care professionals. Why is that? Is there a benefit for patients, professionals or both?
 
George Thibault: We have growing evidence that health care delivered by well-functioning teams leads to better outcomes for patients. Until recently, our education process has lagged behind that. We've educated our health professionals separately from each other. But the educational process should be interprofessional from the beginning as well. So that’s one of the things we’re trying to change.

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Posted by Sonya Collins on Jan 28, 2016 11:47 AM EST
e74758bf911dc7b62d1b9d38c24ba377-huge-piToday on the blog, family medicine professor Karly Pippitt and her former student Jerica Johnson discuss the value of the fourth-year continuity clinic. 

By Jerica Johnson, MD (right) and Karly Pippitt, MD

The Learner Perspective
 
My patient “Diana’s” migraines had increased in frequency since the last time I saw her. They were especially bad when she was in bright light or around loud noises, she told me, squeezing her eyes shut as she described the pain. She told me that her visual aura, which she described as strange “zig zags,” was getting more intense and more worrisome.
 
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Posted by Sonya Collins on Jan 26, 2016 10:38 AM EST
Spencer BlohowiakToday on the blog, Shenandoah pharmacy student Spencer Blohowiak demonstrates the importance of teams in chapter work - especially when including an interprofessional mix of members. Teams improve leadership abilities and, as he explains, different perspectives create vital synergies and balance. more...
Posted by Nate Leskovic on Jan 21, 2016 1:44 PM EST
Matt ReedToday on the blog, Shenandoah pharmacy student Matt Reed discusses his rotation at a patient-centered medical home worksite clinic - and his first-hand experiences demonstrating the invaluable efficiencies, both care and economic, its interprofessional teaming provided.

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Posted by Nate Leskovic on Jan 14, 2016 10:31 AM EST
d9f376b08128376a9b6041ecc2cc6b4e-huge-anAfter attending PCP's annual Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit, this med student and his fellow chapter members worked together more effectively and had greater success attracting new members.

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Posted by Sonya Collins on Jan 12, 2016 1:04 PM EST
Jethro Heiko headshotMy Gift of Grace, an innovative game from health care innovation company Common Practice, facilitates end-of-life conversations for people of all ages and life stages. Studies have shown that the game improves the quality of conversations about end-of-life issues - such as funeral planning, caregiving and family involvement - and drives advance care planning behaviors. It's played by asking and answering questions within a group, and receiving chips for your participation in the discussion.
 
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Posted by Nate Leskovic on Jan 7, 2016 9:56 AM EST
12c76da8248fcae782c69f6724bcbf2b-huge-piToday on the blog, a student volunteer in a shelter clinic describes the importance of resisting assumptions and building patient trust.
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Posted by Sonya Collins on Jan 5, 2016 10:12 AM EST
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