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Dome March 2013

Fired Up About Primary Care

Date: March 1, 2013

Bimal Ashar
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Bimal Ashar

About 250 people from across Johns Hopkins and the community attended the inaugural Primary Care Consortium at Turner Auditorium and Concourse on Feb. 21. The program opened with remarks from University President Ron Daniels; the deans of the schools of medicine, nursing and public health; leaders in primary care; students and primary care residents. Below is a sampling of observations from that day:

“Johns Hopkins has been providing primary care for decades, but it’s under-recognized. We need to continue to train outstanding specialists, but we must get the message across to all trainees that primary care is not a four-letter word. That said, I don’t push medical students and residents to go into the field; it takes a special person to become a patient’s quarterback—a veritable jack-of-all-trades who is committed to the doctor-patient relationship.”

—Bimal Ashar
Clinical Director of General Internal Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital


“The breadth of stakeholders—from trainees to policymakers—was so helpful in building momentum. The next step is to clarify our needs for patient care, research, policy and education.”

—Scott Wright
Director of General Internal Medicine,
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


“There’s going to have to be a sea change in how we develop models of practice and care in teams to meet the overwhelming needs of the population. We acknowledge that scope and turf tensions exist; however, it’s time to put those tensions behind us and continue to move forward because patients are at the center of all this—and it is too much for any one discipline.”

—Kathleen Becker Assistant Professor of Nursing and Adult Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing


“We need more longitudinal research in primary care over the life course—and more communication with experts in the community. What was so exciting to me about today was representation from many different groups. We shared a lot of information about resources and priorities.”

—Tina Cheng
Director of General Pediatrics and
Adolescent Medicine, Johns Hopkins
Children’s Center


“I had the great fortune of working with outstanding mentors early in my training who showed me that knowing the patient—both medically and personally—and seeing them through life’s ups and downs and knowing the context and the meaning of illness in their life is the essence of primary care and one of the fundamental principles of being a health care provider.”

—Lauren Graham
Third-Year Resident, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center