The need for more primary care doctors is not merely a matter of numbers. We will also need physician leaders who understand the public health context of patient care. The Alpert Medical School is therefore developing a dual-degree Primary Care and Population Health program for 24 students a year beginning in 2015.
Amid rapid changes in health care policy that are increasing the need for leaders in community-based primary care, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has begun to develop a novel MD/MS program in Primary Care and Population Health. The plans underway would create a four-year, dual degree program for 24 students a year beginning in fall 2015.
Primary care is a vitally important area of medicine in Rhode Island and around the country. The best care will come from doctors who are trained to understand and improve the community health context of their patients. Future primary care doctors must therefore be trained in population health, policy, epidemiology, technology, and teamwork.”
Treating a patient with high cholesterol, for example, is not only a matter of prescribing a pill or telling a patient to change behavior, but also of understanding the barriers in the patient’s neighborhood to exercise, the local availability of healthy food options and cultural influences on diet and activity.
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University’s (AMS) Primary Care-Population Health (PC-PH) program is an innovative curriculum that focuses on preparing medical students for a career in primary care medicine while providing comprehensive, longitudinal training in population health. This four-year program results in the awarding of both a Medical Doctorate and a Master’s Degree in Population Health.