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Vermont Medicine Magazine

DEPARTMENT OF Family Medicine ~ 2013 Annual Report

Thomas C. Peterson, M.D., Chair

There were multiple highlights for the Department of Family Medicine in 2012– 2013. Newer faculty include Sahmon Fallahian, M.D., Sarah Hudson, M.D., Aaron Reiter, M.D., and Patricia Fisher, M.D., who bring expertise in wilderness medicine, global health, and health care for the underserved. Department faculty with new roles include John King, M.D., as regional director for family medicine academics and development, Laura McCray, M.D., as residency director, and Alicia Jacobs, M.D., as vice-chair for clinical operations.

Among notable faculty events was the retirement of Berta Geller, Ph.D., as research professor and distinguished researcher at the Office of Health Promotion Research. Associate Professor John Ferguson, M.D., also retired.

Faculty and staff supported the community through activities such as free clinics, wilderness rescue, boards and foundation service, and invited lectures and articles on topics from lactation to palliative medicine. Five clinical practices — Milton, Berlin, South Burlington, Hinesburg and Colchester — have maintained National Committee for Quality Assurance Level 3 recognition as patient-centered medical homes.

The family medicine medical student education programs are thriving and continue to receive excellent evaluations from students. Faculty are course directors at all levels of the curriculum including Charlotte Reback, M.D., as director of Generations, Karen Burke, M.D., director of the Cultural Day Workshop, Cate Nicholas, Ed.D., M.S., P.A., director of operations of the Clinical Simulation Laboratory and co-director of Doctoring Skills; Candace Fraser, M.D., clerkship director, Martha Seagrave, PA-C, director of medical student education programs and the TOPMEd curriculum, Eileen CichoskiKelly, Ph.D., director of educational instruction and scholarship, and director of the Teaching and Scholarly Requirement Course, and Anya Koutras, MD, as director of Family Medicine fourth-year programs.

The Family Medicine Clerkship, under the leadership of Candace Fraser, M.D., was the highest-rated clerkship across all sites by clerkship students for 2012–2013. Family Medicine is developing and rolling out the TOPMEd curriculum in collaboration with other key faculty at the College. TOPMEd is a longitudinal, progressive curriculum providing students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide excellent care to all individuals and families in the changing healthcare landscape.

The restructuring of the clerkship and our affiliations with Danbury Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center have afforded the department opportunities for innovation and enhanced curricular elements.

2013 was a near record year of fourth-year students achieving family medicine residencies.

The Family Medicine residency program thrives with record applicant numbers, innovative curriculum, and commitment to rural and underserved health, patient-centered medical home development, and community medicine. The Department provides leadership for Primary Care Week and Palliative Care Week. Continuing medical education efforts include the 39th Annual Family Medicine Review Course, the 12th Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop, a biannual Sports Medicine Conference, regional continuing medical education and academic detailing presentations, and participation in the annual Bridging the Divide collaborative care conference.

Faculty scholarship is expanding with projects in community medicine breast and ovarian cancer screening, patient education using media and graphical decision aids, lactation education, behavioral motivation for self-care of chronic conditions, lead screening, and prevention of health professional fatigue and error. Faculty have been active in research, advocacy, editorial work on a national publication, and international and national medical service to disadvantaged and underserved populations.

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