"Most inspiring for me was seeing participants become inspired and enthusiastic about tools and topics I presented. I was able to see a twinkle in the eyes of clinicians who felt reinvigorated and energized about their passion: providing quality primary care to patients while enjoying themselves."
Having worked with CIPCI for two and a half years, I consider myself relatively aware of the current climate in primary care. I helped with the inaugural implementation of the Primary Care Office of the Future exhibit in May 2014, and thus I was able to see some of the workflows, tools, and technology that will be utilized by primary care teams in the near future. However, presenting at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference on Practice Improvement was an entirely new and unique experience for me.
I am about to begin medical school after working for over a year as a research assistant at CIPCI. Before coming to CIPCI, my view of the healthcare system didn’t extend far beyond calling it complicated, specialized, and expensive. True, but oversimplified.
We know that we don’t have enough primary care physicians and that insufficient numbers of medical students and residents are choosing primary care careers. If we care about the health of populations and the unsustainable costs of healthcare, we have to change these trends quickly and increase the number of primary care physicians.
“The Four Pillars for Primary Care” provides consistent language to help all of us advocate for the changes that are needed to develop an appropriate physician workforce.
Interprofessional education appears to be the conundrum facing health services educators. We have been talking about it for 30 years, everyone knows it’s important, we know it when we see it, but we are stymied when it comes to applying it to a large system and translating it into outcomes that matter to patients.