Gregg Stracks: The Heart of Leadership

Please join me in reflecting on our collective luck at being a part of a network and movement connected to such an amazing person as Gregg Stracks, who gave so much of himself, at such a difficult time. Let’s commit to using PCP’s Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit to reconnect with the values that brought us into primary care.

Why I Left Medical School

With just a few months left of medical school, this student decided she could do more to transform primary care from outside academia. So she took some time off and here’s what she did (hint: it involves an app).

Family Medicine or Internal Medicine: One Resident’s Choice

My third year of medical school cemented the passion for primary care I developed as a volunteer in a clinic for undocumented immigrants in San Francisco. Relationship building, continuity of care, and seeing the impact a primary care physician can have on a patient’s health all ignited my passion more than any angioplasty or neurosurgery ever could. But one question continued to nag me as I filled in the bubbles of my electronic residency application form and formulated my personal statement: family medicine or internal medicine?

Primary Care Track or Internal Medicine Categorical: Is a Rose a Rose?

I was cautioned that some programs were primary care tracks in name only and might have just one or two features that distinguish them from categorical programs. However, nearly all of the primary care tracks I saw appeared to offer exceptional training to prepare future physicians to not only adapt to, but also innovate in, our evolving healthcare system.