Friday, July 26, 2013

CCC garners international interest


INSPIRING OTHERS: John Goodson, MD, of MGH Internal Medicine Associates, speaks to the visiting German students.

In 2010, Harvard Medical School (HMS) students involved in the founding of the inaugural clinic of the Crimson Care Collaborative (CCC) together with staff from the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, published Crimson Care Collaborative: A Guide for Establishing a Student-Faculty Collaborative Practice. Made possible by funding from the Yawkey Foundation II, the guide was written to help future students at other institutions establish their own student-faculty collaborative practices.

The CCC is a student-faculty medical practice offering evening clinics where medical students care for patients under the guidance of primary care physicians. It was founded by Harvard medical students, the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation and MGH Internal Medicine Associates. At the time of the CCC manual’s publication, none of the authors could have predicted that the guide would have an international reach. But in March of this year, three medical students from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, reached out to the CCC regarding plans to open its first student-faculty practice. 

From July 15-19, the German students visited some of the five CCC primary care practices – which include MGH Internal Medicine Associates, MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center and MGH Revere HealthCare Center – to conduct information interviews with current students and with Marya Cohen, MD, MPH, an internist at MGH Chelsea who serves as the CCC faculty director, about clinic operations to patient recruitment. They also met with several of CCC’s founders, many of whom are now in primary care residency programs or in roles with a focus on primary care education.

“This is an exciting time for the Crimson Care Collaborative,” Cohen says. “More than 500 HMS students have participated in our student-faculty collaborative practices and it’s rewarding to see how our innovative efforts are informing primary care transformation domestically and abroad.” 

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