We are thrilled to be celebrating 50 years of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington over the coming year. Our department was formed in 1971 and has been at the forefront of the specialty since its inception.
On behalf of the whole department we hope you’ll plan to join us to mark the occasion and look ahead as we journey into the future. We are celebrating with a virtual speaker series throughout the year, and a retrospective video to highlight how far we’ve come and to inspire us into our next 50 years. We had an anniversary presence at our CME conference Advances in Family Medicine & Primary Care in September and capped the celebration with a special event September 30th, 2021. See upcoming events and recordings below!
NEW – Department of Family Medicine 50th Anniversary Celebration Video
Department of Family Medicine Awards2021 Winners announced!
october 26, 2021
12:15-1:00pm: Ashwin Rao MD, FAMSSM
“The Importance of Providing Hope in Medical Care”
As physicians faced with burnout, never-ending stacks of paperwork, and seemingly an endless list of demands for our time and our attention, that sense of connection, the therapeutic bond, can be lost in the patient encounter, and the patient can be left feeling hopeless AFTER their doctor visit. This talk will focus on the concept of delivering hope in the patient encounter, and the many ways of approaching the patient encounter through direct patient engagement, clinical care, and timely structured follow up. These may seem like disparate puzzle pieces, but when put together, the message of hope may be delivered from doctor to patient in an effective way that can suit both patient and provider alike.
november 17, 2021
5:30-6:30pm: Anna McDonald MD, MPH
“Go Fast or Go Far: Building Better Partnerships for Global Health“
The Malawi Exchange program was started in 2015 as a way to help build family medicine in a country where the specialty didn’t exist. This talk is a review of 6 years of working in Malawi – what the residency exchange has taught me about health, global partnerships, resilience, community, and the value of family medicine training.
September 30th, 5:30pm-7:30pm PDT – UW Department of Family Medicine 50th Anniversary Soirée
Featuring: Remarks by Lauren Hughes MD, MPH, MSc, remarks by founding Chair Theodore Phillips, remembrances, awards, toasts, music, and more!
September 30th, 12:00pm- 1:00pm PDT – 50th Anniversary Keynote Address – Rebecca Etz, PhD
“Where the Sidewalk Ends and the Promise of Primary Care Begins”
Rebecca S. Etz, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist, Co-Director of the Larry A. Green Center for the Advancement of Primary Health Care for the Public Good, and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Etz has expertise in qualitative research methods and design, primary care measures, theory of family medicine and primary care, practice transformation, and engagement of stakeholders. She has spent the last ten years developing deep national relationships working with practices and policy makers on primary care related measurement, professionalism and vision. Prior work has also included bridging the boundaries between primary care practices, behavioral health, and community resources. Dr. Etz has also held many national leadership positions, including co-director of a large practice-based research network, Board member of the North American Primary Care Research Group, and Board member of the Center for the History of Family Medicine.
September 15th, 8am- 8:45am PDT – 10 Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Updates – Frank Domino MD
Dr. Domino is a Professor and the Pre-doctoral Education Director for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. Dr. Domino is also the Editor in Chief of Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins’ “5 Minute Clinical Consult” series. He has written a book titled “Manual Medicine for Primary Care”, which offers easy to use interventions that all clinicians can use in their office. Additionally, he is the host of the “Frankly Speaking” Podcast and writes a weekly blog discussing recent publications. We were lucky to have him join us this year as a part of the department’s 50th anniversary celebration to provide an update in evidence-based medicine.
Aug 25th, 2021 5:30pm PDT – There’s a new National Academies’ report about primary care: what does it say? And, what can we do? – Jennifer DeVoe MD, DPhil, MCR, and FAAFP
Dr. Jennifer (Jen) DeVoe is a practicing family physician and health services researcher based in Portland, Oregon. As the Chair of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Department of Family Medicine, she oversees nearly 200 faculty, 80 resident physicians, and several of OHSU’s primary care clinics. DeVoe also serves as the inaugural director of OHSU’s new Center for Primary Care Research and Innovation and was recently awarded a P50 grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop the BRIDGE-C2 Center (Building Research in Implementation & Dissemination to Close Gaps and Achieve Equity in Cancer Control Center).
Dr. DeVoe was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014 and has served on several committees at the National Academies, most recently serving on the committee that just released the report entitled, “Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care.”
July 29th, 2021 5:30pm PDT – Integrative Medicine, a luxury service or necessity?– Iman Majd MD, MS, L.Ac
Iman Majd MD, MS, L.Ac is a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Family Medicine UW. He finished his FM residency at UW in 2012 and joined UWNC Factoria where he created the first model for acupuncture and integrative medicine in primary care at UW. In 2018, he joined the DFM and started his position as the clinic director for Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UW. As an Integrative Medicine physician and acupuncturists, he incorporates integrative medicine approaches into family medicine practice to help patients in their journey to restore and maintain their health.
June 30th, 2021 5:30pm PDT – UW DFM’s Past, Present, and Future Support for Reproductive Rights, Access and Care – Ying Zhang MD, MPH
Ying Zhang, MD MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. She joined UW for her Family Medicine Residency in 2011 as a resident in the Harborview track. She completed the National Research Service Award Fellowship and her MPH at UW after residency and joined the residency faculty in 2016. Ying is currently a Director for the Reproductive Healthcare & Advocacy Fellowship at UW and is a WA State Cluster Leader for the Reproductive Health Access Project. She is passionate about reproductive health and care for refugee and immigrant communities.
May 27th, 2021 5:30pm – Celebrating the Department’s long history in research – past, present, and future – Laura-Mae Baldwin MD, MPH & Matthew Thompson, MBChB, DPhil
Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD MPH, Professor of Family Medicine, joined the Department in 1987 and has led and collaborated on research focused on increasing access to and quality of health care in diverse rural and urban clinical settings throughout her career. Dr. Baldwin began her career working alongside and being mentored by the department’s pioneering researchers, eventually serving as Director of Research from 2003-2014. Her greatest joy has involved establishing active research partnerships with clinicians, clinical practices and organizations across the five WWAMI states. She is the Founding Director of the WWAMI region Practice and Research Network, now comprising over 90 primary care clinics across the region committed to collaborating on research with academic partners.
Dr Matthew Thompson is Professor and Vice Chair for Research, and inaugural holder of the Helen D. Cohen endowed Professorship. Dr Thompson trained in family medicine/general practice in both the United Kingdom and the USA, and started his research career at the UW Department of Family Medicine in 1999 with a NRSA Fellowship. After a few years at the UW, he moved to the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, before returning to the UW in 2013. Much of his research has focused on improving diagnostic decision making in primary care. This has included identifying clinical features to spot serious illness in adults and children, improved management of common infections, and adoption of new diagnostic and monitoring technologies.
April 29, 2021 – Daytheon Sturges, MPAS, PA-C, CAHIMS, CHES, has been a physician assistant (PA) since 2008 and a PA educator since 2013. He is an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Washington – MEDEX Northwest PA program, associate program director of regional affairs, justice, equity, diversity, & inclusion, and also serves as the justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion co-chair for the Department of Family Medicine, while maintaining clinical practice in family medicine UW Neighborhood Clinic – Northgate. His passion is providing care to underserved populations.
March 11, 2021, Inaugural Farber Visiting Professorship Lecture – Dr. Gregg Vandekieft, Medical Director for the Providence Institute for Human Caring’s Palliative Practice Group, supporting palliative care programs across the seven states served by Providence. He is the founder and past medical director of the palliative care consultation services at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and Providence Centralia Hospital, as well as the Providence Olympia Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic. He was lead medical director for Providence Sound Hospice for 12 years, serving Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties. His clinical practice is currently limited to inpatient consultations and tele-palliative care. He has been a UW volunteer clinical associate professor for nearly 20 years.
February 11, 2021 – Dr. Sharon Dobie, professor emeritus in the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine (DFM). Dr. Dobie joined the DFM in 1989 and has since served as a trusted educator and mentor to hundreds of medical students and residents. She is the past director of the UW School of Medicine Underserved Pathway from 2008-2018 and served as faculty advisor to the Community Health Advancement Program from 1989-2010. She was the recipient of the UW 2010 Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award and the 2016 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Gold Humanism Award, and she was named the 2018 Washington Academy of Family Physicians Family Medicine Educator of the Year. She is also the editor and a contributing author of the book Heart Murmurs: What Patients Teach Their Doctors.
January 7, 2021 – Dr. Antonio Dajer, UW Family Medicine residency class of 1986.Dr. Dajer presented on the lessons he has learned during his post-residency career, a career that includes time working as a hospital medical director in Nicaragua, service on the Navajo reservation, his ER shift in Lower Manhattan during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and working as an ER director for 14 years.