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This is the official submissions page for the Primary Care Challenge. To submit your idea, please fill out and post your idea below. All physicians and medical students of all specialties are welcome to enter!
We don't care how big or small you think your primary care innovation is. It can be as simple as creating a new way for patients to ask questions, patient group educational sessions, or having a case manager in the office. It can be as sophisticated as a totally new way to practice primary care. All ideals are amazing! Please share!
This is the official submissions page for the Primary Care Challenge. To submit your idea, please fill out and post your idea below. All physicians and medical students of all specialties are...Read More
Arshya Vahabzadeh M.D. is a Harvard Medical School based physician, trained in both medicine and behavioral health. He is committed to addressing the world's most pressing healthcare needs through medical innovation, in particular the challenges faced by individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions. He is a "40 under 40" healthcare innovator according to MedTechBoston. Dr. Vahabzadeh is the Director of Digital Health at Brain Power. Brain Power is a company that builds neuroscience-based software and hardware that transform current wearable computers into neuro-assistive and educational devices for autism. He is the former Chairman of the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association and a consultant to Khan Academy, Neurolaunch, and Anthem. He is also a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and McLean Hospital. Dr. Vahabzadeh is widely published in clinical neuroscience, digital health, and medical communication. He has written numerous media editorials and leads a federally funded program to provide autism educational outreach. He has received over 20 national and international awards from organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the American College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and both the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Bhatt serves as Chief Medical Officer at American Hospital Association. Dr. Jay Bhatt served as Chief Health Officer at the Illinois Hospital Association. He most recently served as Managing Deputy Commissioner/Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). In this role he oversees policy, planning, public relations, quality improvement as well as innovation. His visions is to bring together health systems, community based organizations, the private sector and CDPH to advance population health using big data, predictive analytics and tech innovation. Dr. Jay Bhatt is a National Health Service Corps Scholar and a Geriatrician from University of Michigan. He completed an internal medicine residency at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School where he was a clinical fellow. In 2012. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1999 with a degree in Economics. In 2008, Dr. Bhatt received both his medical degree from the PCOM, and his Master in Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. In 2012 he received his Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman and Commonwealth Fund Minority Health Policy Fellow at Harvard Medical School.
Cynthia (Daisy) Smith, MD is the Vice President, Clinical Programs at the American College of Physicians and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine. She received an M.D. degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is board certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. After completing an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, she joined the medical staff of MGH and the faculty of Harvard Medical School. She relocated to the Philadelphia area and worked as the internal medicine program director at Lankenau Medical Center where she founded and managed an academic hospitalist program. In addition to her role as program director, she served on the APDIM (Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine) program planning committee and the APDIM Council. She was an active member of the milestones writing group convened by the ABIM and ACGME and co-authored the Internal Medicine Milestones. Shortly after joining the ACP, she led a group of educators in the development of the AAIM-ACP High Value Care Curriculum for internal medicine residents which has been downloaded over 46,000 times since its launch in 2012. Her current responsibilities at the ACP include leading the High Value Care Initiative, leading the work of the ACP's Support and Alignment Network in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, supervising the work of the Center for Patient Partnership and the Center for Quality, providing clinical oversight for the Waxman Clinical Skills Center, and supporting the physician Wellness and Burnout initiative. She continues to see outpatients and teach medical residents at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. James Colbert is Senior Medical Director for Population Health at Verscend Technologies. He is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and he practices general internal medicine as a hospitalist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts. In addition, he is the Web Editor for JAMA Internal Medicine.
His academic interests focus on innovation in medical education and health delivery, especially with regards to use of novel technologies in health care. Dr. Colbert has been a featured speaker at multiple conferences including the National ACO Summit, the HIMSS Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum, the American College of Physicians Annual Meeting, and the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting. His scholarly work has been published in numerous journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and the American Journal of Accountable Care.
Dr. Colbert received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Verisk Health, Dr. Colbert served as an editorial fellow at the New England Journal of Medicine and as a workgroup leader and clinical expert for the Brookings Institution’s ACO Learning Network.
My name is Ajay Major, and I am currently a fellow in adult hematology and oncology at the University of Chicago. I am a Class of 2016 graduate of Albany Medical College and finished my residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado in 2019.
My journey into narrative medicine and publishing began in April 2012 when I founded in-Training, the online peer-reviewed publication for medical students, and served as editor-in-chief for four years. I also founded in-House, the online peer-reviewed publication for residents and fellows, and currently serve as editor-in-chief since 2016.
To support these publications, I founded Pager Publications, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit literary corporation that curates and supports peer-edited publications for the medical education community, in 2014. We currently provide administrative and financial support for six publications: in-Training, in-House, The Palate, North Wing Magazine, Mosaic in Medicine, and Intervene Upstream.
Since our inception, Pager Publications, Inc. has published four books, most recently Salve: Words For The Journey, a compilation of poetry, prose, and journaling prompts written by psychiatrist and author Monisha Vasa, MD.
I am also a lover of all things science fiction and fantasy (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is my favorite -- apologies to all you Picard fans), and I play classical piano, clarinet, and the tenor saxophone.
Aleena Paul, co-founder Pager Publications, in-Training and in-House, is an Internal Mediicne and Pediatrics Resident at University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. She received her M.D. with a Distinction in Health Systems Analysis from Albany Medical College. Her interests include the medical humanities, improving medical education, women’s health and addressing the medical needs of our underserved communities. Aleena is an active member of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), serving as the National Chair of the Publications Committee and the 2013-2014 Student Division Regional Director of NY & NJ. Aleena was awarded the 2014 Anne C. Carter Leadership Award, AMWA’s highest student leadership award. Aleena graduated from Union College in 2012 as part of the Leadership in Medicine program, majoring in biology and sociology. She subsequently obtained an MBA in Healthcare Management from Union Graduate College in 2013.
Larissa Lucas, MD, is Medical Director of Quality and Education at Care Dimensions and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is a member of the Massachusetts Chapter Governor’s Council American College of Physicians. Dr. Lucas is a strategic health care change management leader whose expertise in metrics-based quality and performance improvement, as well as workflow design and organizational management, has driven growth of a commercial online point-of-care research provider and improved care quality and efficiency at community-based medical group practices.