Health is Primary - and You are the Future!

A discussion event for residents, students and physicians

Medical students, residents, faculty and community physicians gathered to learn and discuss the growing need and prominence of primary care at an evening event in conjunction with the Health is Primary City Tour.  
UIC graduate Kristina Dakis, MD and IAFP board member James Valek, MD led this wide-ranging discussion of primary care in America and here in Illinois.  Our featured panelists shared what's working in the city, downstate, suburban, and globally to provide better care, better outcomes and work towards the Triple Aim of access, affordable care and quality outcomes - along with an important fourth aim - physician satisfaction.

The evening included candid discussion from panelists and attendees about what works in primary care, what's needed to make primary care better for patients and providers and what we can do build a strong family medicine future.  Students and residents talked about opportunities to work together to attract more students to family medicine and the need to put primary care into the mission statements of every medical school and then hold them accountable to that mission.

-Janet Albers, MD - IAFP President and Chair of Family and Community Medicine at SIU School of Medicine
-Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH - Vice Speaker of the AAFP, Past President of the National Medical Association and faculty at UIC College of Medicine
-Deborah Edberg, MD (Program Director) and resident Neha Sachdev, MD from Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency program - a Teaching Health Center funded through the Affordable Care Act.
-Andrew Dykens, MD - UIC Dept. of Family Medicine and expert on global health in low and middle income countries

-James Valek, MD - IAFP board member, 2007 Illinois Family Physician of Year and chair of the IAFP Family Medicine for America's Health Task Force, and Kristina Dakis, MD - UIC Class of 2015, IAFP Student board member and UIC Family Medicine Resident planned the event and moderated the discussion ranging from caring to the underserved here at home and around the world, the need to address mental health as well as physical health and the culture change we need to provide the right care at the end of life.  Family medicine truly covers the entire person through the entire life journey.



Sponsored by the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and hosted by the UIC Family Medicine Interest Group.