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Healthcare Hotspotting Meets Super-Utilizer Patients Where They Are

ealthcare hotspotting is an innovative model of care through which health professionals across disciplines work as a team to identify healthcare super-utilizers – people who are admitted to the hospital multiple times a year, frequently for avoidable complications of chronic conditions, and who often have social barriers to adhering to their care plan. Hotspotters proactively bring additional attention, follow-up, resources, and care to these patients in their homes and communities to help keep them out of the hospital.

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).

The DAWN Clinic: Interprofessional Collaboration in Action

At the risk of sounding cliché, it really does seem like just yesterday that our Colorado PCP team held the first meeting to discuss launching the free clinic. Students of the medical, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and dental schools convene at our meetings to bring change to our surrounding community, educational institution, and the greater field of primary care.

What Makes a Good Primary Care Physician?

As a general rule, primary care physicians like people. This is true long before they start medical school and it continues to blossom during training. Ask these doctors, as I have during in-depth interviews, and they will tell you that certain types of individuals are drawn to primary care careers.

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.