Friday, February 6, 2009

Course in community-oriented primary care

FOCUSING ON THE COMMUNITY: From left, Scott- Vernaglia, Collins and Frey

For the first time at the MGH, the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics have come together with the MGH Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program to offer their residents a course in Community-Oriented Primary Care. The course was created by Med/Peds Chief Resident Ariel Frey, MD, with Jeff Collins, MD, of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement; Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Pediatric Residency Program and Susan Hata, MD, of the MGH Med/Peds Residency Program.

Residents were treated to a series of lectures by experts including Barbara Gottlieb, MD, of BWH; Steve Ridini, EdD, of the Medical Foundation; Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, of the Cambridge Health Alliance for Community Health; Virginia Rall Chomitz, PhD, of The Future of Children; and Justeen Hyde, PhD, of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as well as the staff of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement. Community and hospital-based case studies were presented by Kitty Bowman of RevereCARES; Beth Rosenshein of the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition; Sarah Oo of the MGH Chelsea Community Health Team; Christy Egan of the MGH/Boston School Partnerships; Matt Fishman of Partners Community Health; Katherine Flaherty, PhD, from Partners HealthCare; and Tim Ferris, MD, MPH, and Eric Weil, MD, of the MGPO; along with Sanja Percac-Lima, MD, and Patricia Guglietta, MD, of MGH Chelsea; and Jim Morrill, MD, of MGH Charlestown.

Residents completing the course go on to work with community partners to develop longitudinal community-based projects over the rest of their residency, incorporating community-based participatory research. Plans for next year's class are currently underway.

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