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Primary Care Challenge Finalists Announced

PCC Congratulations Finalists

Top FIVE Will Present at Harvard Medical School, Cannon Auditorium on September 16 at 6PM

Photo Finish!

The Primary Care Challenge ended in a nail-biter yesterday, with four contenders separated by less than two votes throughout the day, making for a very difficult decision for our American Resident Project Fellows, whose evaluation makes up 50% of the overall score. But first, the easy decisions.

For complete results of the online voting, click here.

Cole Zanetti Photo

The overwhelming winner of the online voting was Cole Zanetti, DO, Leadership Preventive Medicine Resident at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, whose entry “Positive Deviance, a value based approach to patient engagement in primary care” amassed a whopping 102 votes during the online voting. This was nearly thirty votes more than the next highest-voted submission. Our American Resident Project Fellows concurred, awarding Dr. Zanetti one of the finalist slots.

John Moore Photo

Finishing second-place in the online voting was John Moore, MD, PhD for his submission “Twine – Collaborative Care Platform for Primary Care – Empowering Patients through Apprenticeship” which garnered 76 votes. Our fellows agreed that Dr. Moore, too, will be joining our “shark tank” next Tuesday.

Down to the Wire

Now for the hard part. Four submissions jockeyed for the last three slots all day yesterday with the leaderboard changing again and again, right up until the 5:00PM EDT deadline. In the end, the four submissions were separated by only three votes, making for a really tough decision on the part of our American Resident Project Fellows, whose judgement counts towards 50% of the final score.

In the end, the American Resident Project decided that all of these ideas were too good to leave out, and opened up a sixth finalist slot ensuring that next Tuesday’s “shark tank” will be even more competitive! So, without further ado, here are the remaining FOUR finalists who will be presenting their ideas to our Expert Panel at Harvard Medical School next Tuesday night.

Howard HaftAjay KohliGina LucianoHoward Libman Photo

Our remaining four finalists pictured above are, from left, Howard Haft, MD,MMM,CPE,FACPE, Consultant on Quality Metrics and Population Health at Shah Associates with his submission Using Natural Language Processing (NLP) to Improve Quality Metric Data Capture; Ajay Kohli, medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine, with his submission “Heart Failure 2.0”; Gina Luciano, MD, of Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine with her submission “Training Tomorrow’s Primary Care Physician”; and Howard Libman, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with his submission “Extended Continuous Ambulatory Training for Primary Care Residents”. Congratulations to all the finalists!

For complete results of the online voting, click here.

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There Can Be Only One

Of course, the vote totals in the online competition are irrelevant once the six finalists enter the “shark tank” at Harvard Medical School on September 16. All six finalists will present their proposals and will be judged by a panel of experts after which one winner will be crowned with the grand prize.

James Ryan

    Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.

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