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HHS Secretary Sebelius Promotes Primary Care While Honoring Dean Miller

Sec'y SebeliusHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday delivered the keynote address at a daylong conference titled "Moving Academic Medicine Forward," held by Johns Hopkins Medicine to honor Dr. Edward D. Miller, the longtime dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He will step down from his post on June 30, ending a distinguished 15-year tenure.

Secretary Sebelius said we "... need academic medicine to further explore the importance of primary care in your research and underscore it in your training. Far too often, especially at our leading teaching hospitals, primary care has been treated like it was less challenging, less important, and a less worthy use of a physician’s skills. We need to change these attitudes, and that starts with our medical schools. But ultimately, the choice belongs to the next generation of doctors. So, to the medical students here today, I ask you, directly, to consider becoming a primary care physician. If you want to help lead the biggest transformation of medicine in decades, there’s no better place to be."

The complete text of Secretary Sebelius's address is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

The JHU Gazette story on the conference to honor Dean Miller is also available online.