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Our primary care progress townhall on January 14th, 2013 was a huge success!

Our keynote panelists -- Dean Lloyd Minor of the School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital CEO Amir Rubin, and Dean Sang-ick Chang of Clinical Affairs -- each spoke about their vision for strenghening primary care at Stanford. Their remarks were followed by Q&A from the audience. The event was the first of 10 in our new "Future of Primary Care" course (see below). Almost 200 Stanford medical students, faculty, health care providers, and community members attended the event (up from 70 attendees at last year's townhall) and showed their support for primary care!

Stanford’s Primary Care Progress (PCP) Chapter is committed to creating more opportunities for Stanford medical students to be engaged in primary care. Already, PCP has established a database of 50 primary care mentors that regularly meet with students and has hosted two townhall gathering to discuss the state of primary care at Stanford. We are optimistic that, as a community, we can work together to further distinguish Stanford as a premier research institute and catalyst of social progress. We have outlined three areas below where we are working to build upon existing resources, student interest, and faculty commitment to advance primary care.

Primary Care Innovation Seminar -- starting January 2013!
Stanford medical students have expressed a desire to have more opportunities to participate in electives and seminars specifically focused on primary care. Given the changing landscape of the delivery of health care in America, PCP has established an evening seminar series for medical students to learn from eexperts on innovative primary care delivery models. The seminar is ongoing for 8 weeks starting in January 2013.

Longitudinal Elective in Primary Care
Our chapter is working on organizing a longitudinal program elective in primary care that would serve as a pilot for a future component of the medical curriculum. A longitudinal program in primary care will expose pre-clinical students to rewards and challenges of different primary care settings, which is lacking currently in the clinical years since most required rotations are in a hospital setting. Early authentic clinical experiences are important to medical students. When 123 SMS students were surveyed about longitudinal opportunities in 2012, we learned that two out of every three medical students expressed an interest in participating in longitudinal opportunities in primary care. Continuity of care is a critical concept in medicine—and Stanford students are eager to see it firsthand during the pre-clinical education and during the clinics.
PCP envisions a course in which students are paired with a team of primary care physicians, nurses, and social workers in order to follow a panel of patients. PCP’s mentorship database can serve as a starting point to establish the elective. Our goal is to work with interested faculty members to establish a longitudinal elective course offered in the fall and coordinate the logistics of administering a longitudinal elective.
Expansion of Primary Care at Stanford Hospital
The plan to expand the primary care clinical workforce at Stanford Hospital and Clinics presents a unique opportunity expand upon primary care education. PCP is looking forward to discussing how the expansion of physicians can improve opportunities for clinical and pre-clinical students who are passionate about primary care.

Updated January 16th, 2013

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Primary Care Progress at Stanford University is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting the role of primary care within the Stanford community. We aim to increase awareness and advocate for a higher regard for primary care, and hope that our efforts stimulate conversation, support, and enthusiasm for our cause.
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