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Vermont Medicine Magazine

DEPARTMENT OF Family Medicine ~ 2014 Annual Report

Thomas C. Peterson, M.D., Chair

There were many Family Medicine highlights for 2014. Among notable faculty events were retirements and new emeritus faculty status for Allyson Bolduc, M.D., Karen Richardson-Nassif, Ph.D. and Karen Burke, M.D. Faculty and staff support the community through free clinics, wilderness rescue, board and foundation service, and invited lectures and articles on topics from lactation medicine to palliative care medicine. Five clinical practices — Milton, Berlin, South Burlington, Hinesburg and Colchester — have maintained or renewed National Committee for Quality Assurance Level 3 recognition as patient centered medical homes. Our Walk-In Care Clinic has recently gone through an extensive quality improvement process.

For the second year in a row, the Family Medicine Clerkship received the highest rating from the students of all clerkships at sites where Family Medicine sends students — Vermont, Maine and Connecticut. Family Medicine faculty are dedicated to teaching medical students on campus, at their practice sites and in the hospital with over 150 Family Medicine physicians, residents and allied health professionals participating in Foundations, Clerkship and Advanced Integration Level activities. Family Medicine faculty are education directors at all levels of the curriculum.

The Family Medicine TOPMEd curriculum (Team-Oriented, Patient-Centered Medical grant, has been integrated in all four years at the College. Students, residents and faculty continue to be innovative in curriculum design and regularly present their scholarly work at regional and national conferences and participate on national curricular boards.

The restructuring of the clerkship and our affiliations with Danbury Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center have afforded the department with opportunities for innovation and enhanced curricular elements. Within the expanded clerkship, we have developed a highly effective skill and knowledge building week led by a number of family medicine faculty members to prepare students to be fully engaged and competent at their preceptor sites.

Our residency program thrives with recent innovations in our health systems management and procedure curriculum and the adoption of competency-based Family Medicine Milestones. We continue our commitment to rural and underserved health, patient-centered medical home development, and community medicine. During the academic year, residents presented regionally and nationally on topics including sports medicine, men’s health, and quality improvement initiatives (interpretation services for patients of limited English proficiency and osteoporosis screening.) We are actively working on establishing a second family medicine residency in northern New York in partnership with The University of Vermont Health Network.

Family Medicine provides leadership for Primary Care Week and Palliative Care Week. Our continuing medical education efforts include our 40th Annual Family Medicine Review Course, 13th Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop, biannual Sports Medicine Conference, regional continuing medical education and academic detailing presentations, and the annual Bridging the Divide collaborative care conference.

Family Medicine faculty scholarship is thriving with funded projects in the delivery of behavioral medicine in primary care offices; provision of rural palliative care; nutrition in the primary care setting; promotion of breastfeeding for newborns and infants; pediatric obesity; motivational strategies for chronic disease, alcohol and substance abuse, and wellness; and the use of social media as a clinical tool. As a result of the Transforming Primary Care initiative several practice improvement posters have been presented at the medical center’s Quality Forum and meetings of the National Practice Improvement Conference sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The Department of Family Medicine also operates the UVM Office of Health Promotion Research. The major grant at OHPR presently is the Vermont PROSPR Research Center Award.

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