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Live: Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care 3rd Annual Innnovations Conference

Today, the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care holds its third annual Primary Care Innovations Conference at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center in Boston.  The conference focuses on health professionals education and draw 400-500 primary care providers at various levels, many of them involved in teaching students in the health professions.

In the morning, Darrell Kirch, MD, gave the inspiring keynote speech which talked about how health care leaders can lead the changes required for our health care system.  He argued that primary care professionals need to lead positive change in health care delivery models that seek to administer patient-center, team-based care.

By mid-morning, there were four breakout sessions:

  1. Stories of Innovation and Leadership in Primary Care
  2. System transformation through educational transformation: The rationale, workings, and potential of longitudinal integrated clerkships at UCSF, Minnesota, and HMS
  3. Interprofessional Education (IPE): Moving from Concepts to Collaborative Practice
  4. Team-Based Learning: One Way to “Flip” a Classroom

During the lunch break, there were a large number of posters representing creative strategies to re-invent primary care.

MedTech Boston interviewed a few participants about their excitement with the conference.

Lucy Schulson, MPH, 4th year medical student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sanai tells us about her poster presentation entitled “Understanding Social Determinants of Asthma Health: Implications for Chronic Disease Management–Children’s Hospital Primary Care Pilot Assessment.”


Helen D’Couto, Harvard medical student, tells us the TED talks were very inspiring the awesome innovation is with primary care.

Jennifer M. Joe, MD

Jennifer M. Joe, MD

    My passion is healthcare optimization, whether that is with innovation, making scientific discoveries, or improving delivery. I love bringing people and ideas together and making projects work. With this, medicine exists to improve lives, and I will strive to always help patients and those around me.

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