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|July Newsletter 2015|
ATSU-NWRPCA Campus Newsletter
Graduates, Student Profiles, and Recent News
Congratulations Class of 2015!
Where are our Graduates headed next?
Allegiance Health, Michigan
Henry Ford Hospital, Michigan
Allegiance Health, Michigan
University of California, Irvine
Kingman Regional, Michigan
PCOM/Good Samaritan Hospital, Pennsylvania
Northern New Mexico FMR - Sante Fe
University of Tennessee, St. Thomas-Murfreesboro, TN
Maricopa Integrated Health Systems, Arizona
Brown, Rhode Island
Danbury Hospital, University of Vermont
From Student to Preceptor: Standley Adamek, DO
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2011
As a graduate of the ATSU-SOMA program myself, I am beyond grateful to be a preceptor for ATSU-SOMA Portland campus students. I have always looked forward to the day that I could share knowledge, opinions, predictions and personal experiences with medical students. Similar to the preceptors I was fortunate enough to have access to; great physicians like Al Turner, Jeff Young, and Bryan Walls. Being not that far removed from medical school myself, I know the physical and mental grind that medical students endure. Rotations can all to often be an intense competition amongst peers with a constant need to prove ones self under the microscope of scrutiny. I want students to know that medicine is not always an intimidating beast but can be an enjoyable career and lifestyle. It is my intention that students come away from their rotation at my office with a rekindled passion for medicine.
Future OMS III: Jessica Sallstrom
Class of 2017
Hello! My name is Jessica Sallstrom. I am a current second-year student at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) community campus in Portland, OR, in conjunction with NWRPCA. I am interested in pursuing a career as a primary care physician, potentially in Pediatrics.
Infants begin to stumble-walk between 9 and 17 months. I’m sure you’ve seen it: they adorably waddle from the safety of their parents’ grasp – sometimes careening off-track and falling down. I am starting to walk on my own: technically a 21-month-old medical student, so I know a lot about fumbling. We are learning the tremendous intricacies of the human body and the seemingly endless ways those functions can go awry. As I see patients and hear stories of their journeys toward health and wellness, I am inspired to keep taking confident steps, growing in my understanding of the art and science of medicine.
Patient health education and empowerment is everything. This year I have been afforded the opportunity to rotate at a mobile clinic run by Outside In. With Oregon Partnership for Health Integration, Dr. Madnick focuses on physical health of adults with mental illnesses. These individuals “die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to treatable medical conditions.”1 As OPHI addresses this health disparity through coordinated patient care teams - I see patients educated and equipped to make positive lifestyle modifications.
As I look towards board licensing exams and clinical rotations at CHCs in the Northwest, I am filled with gratitude – for patients allowing me to learn from them, for medical educators who present information clearly and in a way that puts patients’ needs first. We all get to use our gifts to the best of our ability. As for me, I aspire to make strides in innovation and quality healthcare in communities throughout Northwest.
1. Parks, J.,et al. (2006). Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness. Alexandria, VA: National Association of State MentalHealth Program Directors (NASMHPD) Medical Directors Council.
Beyond Flexner: Social Mission in Medical Education
By Naveen Kanithi, NWRPCA Workforce Manager
Recently in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Beyond Flenxer conference was hosted by George Washington University and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. The three day event in April 2015 was the second conference of its kind, the first being a few years earlier nearly 100 years after the initial Flexner Report was published.
What is this Flexner Report you may ask? For those not familiar, Abraham Flexner was an American educator, who most notably conducted an exploration and evaluation into medical education across the USA and Canada, the largest such undertaking at that time. His often times extremely critical view sparked a transformation in the medical education system – vying towards a more scientific, research based approach, with more rigorous standards and state regulation.
100 years later, we move Beyond Flexner. In fact, A.T. Still University is known as a Beyond Flexner institution. Essentially, this movement values not only the fundamental science behind medicine, but also examines the social determinants of health. With a view on community health, it is purposed that medicine must examine those social, economic, environmental, and even political factors that exist in a particular community or population group, to more fully understand the impacts on health these have for individuals and families.
The Beyond Flexner Conference was precisely the arena to bring together individuals and entities working in this dynamic field to discuss challenges, brainstorm solutions, network with past, current and future partners, and overall work collaboratively to increase the level of collective intelligence around these areas, ideally for practical purposes across populations.
Notable speakers included Jack Geiger who initiated the community health center model in the USA; Dr. Donald Berwick, formerly appointed by President Obama as Administrator of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); Dr. Rishi Manchanda, CEO of HealthBegins who has done pioneering work in the world of social determinants of health and upstream medicine; Thomas Nasca, CEO for ACGME; Christine Cassel, former President of American Board for Internal Medicine; Barbara Brandt, Director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education; Camara Phyllis Jones, President-Elect of the American Public Health Association; Dr. Jehan El-Boyumi, founder of the Rodham Institute and literally dozens more.
The network of A.T. Still related individuals such as Dr. Thomas McWilliams, Dr. Mara Hover, Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak (President/CEO of the Wright Center) as well as RDME and other staff were wonderful to see present at the 350 person sold-out event. NWRPCA was also able to have a solid representation of four individuals including Seth Doyle, Theresa Vu, Jessica Burkard, and myself.
The conference also did a tremendous job of integrating attendees into the local culture and community – practically via site visits to medical facilities, schools, and other community based sites, to get a truer feel of the hearts and minds of the people here – not simply in a convention center, isolated from the outside world. Further, a dinner and speaking event at a local cultural center featuring native song and dance also served to promote the richness of culture, and to be humbled in the process of learning, creating a receptive arena for the flow of information and dialogue. Overall, a phenomenal event and I would strongly encourage any interested, to aim to attend the next Beyond Flexner conference in Miami, 2016 (dates TBD).
Career Center: Family Medicine Positions in Region X
Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center
Summary of Position:
To provide comprehensive primary medical care services to patients in a primary medical care ambulatory clinic setting.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) is currently recruiting board certified family physicians for our expanding Teaching Health Center. Ideal candidates will have;
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho Inc.
Our progressive organization operates 6 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Ada County, Idaho. Our primary location is located in scenic Boise ,Idaho. Each of our clinic locations have received Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home accreditation with residents training at four locations.
Mosaic Medical is looking for a Family Practice Physician
To join our non-profit community health center system with primary care clinics in Prineville, Bend, Madras and Redmond. The mission of Mosaic Medical is “to improve the health and well-being of the individuals, families and communities we serve.” We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and cultural wellness for every patient through a team-based approach. Mosaic Medical proudly serves all patients insured and uninsured, regardless of race, ethnicity, or income.
Our organization maintains a HPSA rating of 17 and qualifies for National Health Scholars and National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs. Mosaic Medical Bend offers an excellent environment for a Behavioral Health Consultant who wants to be part of a larger medical community, collaborate with peers, and with local non-profit and government agencies. If you are searching for a change of pace, in an environment where you will make a difference to the people and communities of Central Oregon, consider this opportunity!
Cowlitz Family Health
We are looking for Physicians / Nurse Practitioners who want to make a difference in providing outpatient medical services to the communities of Cowlitz, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties, including a strong drive to provide that care to a diverse population of patients with a variety of socioeconomic circumstances. In this position you will promote positive patient relations, must be team oriented with good primary care diagnostic and treatment, patient care and communication skills, participate in quality assurance/improvement activities, and have competence with electronic health records.
Our ideal candidate must be licensed to practice in the State of Washington, without restriction, probation, or limiting condition or threat thereof. Board certified in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, or Internal Medicine/Pediatrics. Possess a valid, unrestricted DEA license. Demonstrated skill in diagnosing and treating medical conditions, great communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work well and collaboratively with all staff members.
We offer a generous Benefit package
Visit our website www.cowlitzfamilyhealth.org
For more details on these positions and many others in Region X visit the
NWRPCA Career Center at www.nwrpca.org
Participate in our Newsletters and Conferences!
Katie Siri, Rotations Specialist
As the new Rotations Specialist for the ATSU-SOMA NWRPCA campus, I am excited to contribute to the outreach and coordination of student rotations. I especially look forward to continuing to work closely with our students and help them develop and reach their purpose-filled goals! If any students are interested in sharing their experiences in our newsletters, please contact me directly, email@example.com / 503-504-1014. Special thanks to our students, Jessica Sallstrom and Tim Lemaire for participating in this year's Spring Primary Care Conference in Portland, and to our alumnus and current student preceptor, Dr. Adamek, for contributing to our newsletter this month.
Students interested in attending the Fall Conference, please contact:
Naveen Kanithi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Theresa Vu (email@example.com)