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Pitt Med’s celebration of National Primary Care Week, hosted by Primary Care Progress at Pittsburgh. Check out a recap of the week’s events and learn more about primary care in the US.

Below is a recap of the week, including primary care factoids and video snippets from providers working in underserved communities through the National Health Service Corps.

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Flu Clinic Service Trip: On Thursday, the Rural Medicine Interest Group traveled to Jacksonville, PA to assist in a flu shot clinic with Dr. Haney Wahba at the Jacksonville Family Health Center.

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Primary Care Fact of the Day:
By 2020, the United States will face a serious shortage of both primary care and specialist physicians to care for an aging and growing population. According to the AAMC’s Center for Workforce Studies, there will be 45,000 too few primary care physicians – and a shortage of 46,000 surgeons and medical specialists – in the next decade.

NHSC provider video snippet:


Primary Care Fact of the Day:
According to 2013 data from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, as compared with non-designated practices, Patient Centered Medical Homes experienced 19.1 percent lower adult hospital admission rates for ambulatory-care sensitive conditions, 8.8 and 17.7 percent lower ER visit rates (for adults and children respectively), and 7.3 percent lower adult use of high-tech radiology services.

Primary Care provider video snippet from Dr. Sara Michaels, a family doc with NHSC and Indian Health Service in New Mexico:


Primary Care Fact of the Day:
People with mental illness are five times more likely to have a co-occurring medical condition than the general population (Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, 1999). According to a 2008 report form the US Department of Health and Human Services, provision of frontline mental health services in primary care settings has positive impacts, including the improvement of patient, practitioner, and provider satisfaction; overall health care cost efficiency, including primary and specialty costs for physical health care; improved clinical and functional patient outcomes; and enhanced adherence to treatment of mental health disorders.

Primary care provider video snippet from Dr. Patrick Carillo, a psychologist serving migrant workers in Wenatchee, WA:


Primary Care Fact of the Day:
More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, and over one-third of U.S. kids and adolescents are obese or overweight. Obesity-related conditions (including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes) are some of the leading causes of preventable death. A 2010 meta-analysis from the International Association for the Study of Obesity showed that 12 of 17 studies reported statistically significant intervention effect in treatment of childhood obesity in a primary care setting. According to a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Medicine, primary care clinics were as effective as weight loss clinics at achieving reductions in body weight and better than weight loss clinics with regard to reduction in body fat percentage.

Primary care provider video snippet from Physician Assistant Nick Box in rural Idaho:


Primary Care Fact of the Day:
In a 2011 study from the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, among 124 PCPs and 120 nephrologists surveyed, most PCPs and nephrologists favored collaborative care for a patient with progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD), but their preferred content of collaboration differed. Nephrologists were more likely than PCPs to prefer collaboration focus on predialysis/renal replacement therapy preparation and electrolyte management. PCPs were more likely to desire collaboration if the patient had diabetes and hypertension (versus hypertension alone) and if they did not perceive health insurance as a barrier to nephrology referral.

Primary care provider video snippet from pediatrician Dr. Firoza Faruqui in Portsmouth, VA:


Primary Care Fact of the Day:
As designated by the US Department of Health and Human Services, a primary care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) requires a population to full-time-equivalent primary care physician ratio of at least 3,500:1. Allegheny County’s current population to primary care physician ratio is 939:1. Despite that ratio, there are still 12 designated HPSA sites within Allegheny County, notably including the Hill District, a neighborhood less than 2 miles from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine campus.

Today’s video snippet featuring Unity Health Care’s Anacostia Health Center, an NHSC site in Washington, DC:


For more information, Link to the AMSA site on National Primary Care Week:



Thanks to the following groups for organizing the week’s events:

Student Alliance for Health Reform (STAHR)
Social Determinants of Health (SDH)
Rural Medicine Interest Group (RMIG)
Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

And a special thanks to all the wonderful speakers and volunteers who came out in support!

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