Blog Editor

Sonya Collins is an Atlanta-based independent journalist who covers health care, medicine and biomedical research. She holds a Master's degree in Health & Medical Journalism from Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She is a regular contributor to GenomeWebMD Magazine, WebMD.com, Pharmacy Today, and Yale Medicine. Her work has also appeared in Scientific American and Proto. Sonya is the editor of PCP's blogs. Visit her at sonyacollins.net.

Leading the Transformation of Primary Care

On days when it seems the paperwork and mouse clicks are endless, it is difficult to appreciate the changes we are seeing in primary care. There are still significant bureaucratic and financial barriers between physicians and their relationships with patients, but things are starting to change.

Listen to Patients: We are Experts in Our Care

Physicians often think they are listening to patients, but they aren’t. Primary care physicians who meet new patients with rare and complex medical histories need to listen to and learn from the expertise of patients who may have a lifetime of experience managing their own condition.

Storytelling in Healthcare for Social Change

Whether by faculty or peers who openly express disappointment in their choice to pursue primary care or by curricula that seem designed to steer trainees into subspecialties, nearly all summit participants had a story to tell about being shamed for their interest in the field. Nearly all felt marginalized.