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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 looking forward to a virtual speaker series in the coming months, and we plan to honor the anniversary meetings and events. We are working on video to highlight how far we’ve come and to inspire us into our next 50 years. We’ll have an anniversary presence at our CME conference Advances in Family Medicine & Primary Care in the fall and the celebration will be capped with a special event September 30th, 2021.
Department of Family Medicine Awards
August 25, 2021
Jennifer DeVoe MD, DPhil, MCR, and FAAFP
August 25th, 2021 5:30pm PDT – There’s a new National Academies’ report about primary care: what does it say? And, what can we do?
Primary care is the foundation of a strong health care system and essential for improving the health of the population. However, 25 years after the Institute of Medicine published its report Primary Care: America’s Health in a New Era (1996), this foundation remains under-resourced. While primary care is needed by all people and represents a large segment of the health care system, only a small percentage of health care expenditures go to primary care and unequal access to primary care pervades. In light of this, with support from a coalition of sponsors, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) organized a committee to study the state of primary care today and to develop an implementation plan that builds upon the recommendations of the 1996 report and leads to a stronger primary care foundation in the U.S., especially for underserved populations. This report, Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care, is extremely relevant to academic departments of family medicine. This talk will include a brief overview of the report’s conclusions and recommendations as well as an opportunity for a dialogue regarding actionable next steps.
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).
She and her team were among some of the early pioneers leveraging electronic health record (EHR) data for use in health services research, health disparities research, and implementation science studies. She works with several teams at OHSU and OCHIN who have a portfolio of research related to identifying and addressing social determinants of health in primary care settings and utilizing novel EHR-based tools to support this work.
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.”Register
September 15, 2021
Frank Domino MD
September 15th, 8am- 8:45am PDT – 10 Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Updates
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 are 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.
This presentation will be streamed for online viewing on this page; no registration is required. It is also part of a larger CME event: Advances in Family Medicine and Primary Care, September 13th-16th, 2021.
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.