Suffering can mean different things to different people.

What does it mean to students learning to be healers? Our research at the University of Washington and Penn State University shows that medical students report too little teaching on the identification and management of healing. Furthermore, they emphasize the suffering they experience throughout the rigors of their medical training.

Egnew TR, Lewis PR, Myers KR, Phillips WR. Medical student perceptions of their education aout suffering. Family Medicine. 2017; 49(6):423-429. PMID: 28633167.

Egnew TR, Lewis PR, Meyers KR, Phillips WR. The Suffering medical students attribute to their undergraduate medical education. Family Medicine. 2018; 50(4):296-299. DOI: 10.22454/FamMed.2018.116755.

From small-town practice to leadership in large institutions? 

The early pioneers of the rebirth of Family Medicine in the US and Canada moved from their small-town practices to become department chairs, residency program directors, medical school deans, and executives in large healthcare systems. What is it about the lived experience of the family doctor that prepares them for such challenges? Can leaders with such strong connections to patients and communities help medicine find its way out of the current chaos?

See our new article:
Phillips WR, Herbert CP. What makes family doctors the leaders we need in health care? Can Fam Physician. 2022 Nov;68(11):801-802.  Doi: 10.46747/cfp.6811801.

PA – “Provider” or Professional?

In medical care – as an all relationships – words matter.

The term “provider “is a cynical corporate strategy to divide and conquer professionals and patients. We should all – across professions – insist on being called clinicians or professionals, with our own hard-earned credentials recognized.

See this new essay in the Physician Assistant Journal – JAAPA.

Phillips WR. PAProvider or professional? JAAPA: December 2022 – Volume 35 – Issue 12 – p 8

Doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000892744.97285.d3

UW Interprofessional Primary Care Course – Final Reports

This new study follows students over five years and documents long-term, sustained increases in learners entering careers in primary care, direct PC patient care, and service to vulnerable communities. A parallel controlled study backs up these results.

Phillips WR, Keys T. Interprofessional Primary Care Course Impact on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Careers. Fam Med. 2022;54(9):722-728.

A special report on one key component of the course shows the life-changing impact of visits to observe practicing a family doctor taking care of real patients with real problems.

Phillips WR, Fitch JG, Keys T. Practice observation visit for interprofessional training in primary care. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice 2022;29: 100558.doi: 10.1016/j.xjep.2022.100558.

The initial description and evaluation of the UW interprofessional primary care course:

Phillips WR, Keyes T. Interprofessional Primary Care Course Curriculum and Evaluation. Family Medicine. 2018;50(3):217-22. doi: 10.22454/FamMed.2018.998057.

Observing a Family Doc at Work Changes Careers

Observation of family physicians in practice – for just a half-day – led to career-changing revelations for students in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, social work, and public health. Never underestimate the impact of real experience with real clinicians taking care of real problems and real patients.

Phillips WR, Fitch JG, Keys T. Practice observation visit for interprofessional training in primary care. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. 2022;29 (December 2022): 100558. doi: 10.1016/j.xjep.2022.100558

Interprofessional Primary Care Course

New report shows an Interprofessional course is linked to lasting impacts on knowledge, attitudes, and career choices for learners in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, social work, and public health.

Phillips WR, Keys T. Interprofessional primary care course impact on knowledge, attitudes, and careers. Family Medicine. 2022;54(9):722-728.  doi: 10.22454/FamMed.2022.167204