National Primary Care Week 2012!

UWSOM National Primary Care Week 2012

It is finally here! The University of Washington School of Medicine will be celebrating National Primary Care Week next week, October 8-12th, with a full week of panels, happy hours, lunch-time discussions, a workshop and a film screening. Come learn from some incredible physicians and celebrate the diversity of patients and practitioners in primary care while eating delicious food!

Please see below for the nine awesome events created for you by the Family Medicine Interest Group, the Osler Club, the Pediatric Interest Group, the OB/Gyn Interest Group, AFERM, Health Equity Circle, and QMed (with special collaboration from the undergraduate AMSA chapter and ASUW Student Health Consortium for the Tuesday film screening).

Space is limited at all events so sign up quickly to reserve your spot!!!

MONDAY, October 8th


Brown Bag Discussion: “Advocacy in Primary Care”

Time/Location: Monday October 8th 11:30am-12:20pm, HSB T-550

Join Dr. Richard Kovar, the American Academy of Family Physicians’ 2012 Family Physician of the Year, in a lunch-hour discussion of how to integrate policy advocacy into your work as a primary care physician. Dr. Kovar is the medical director at Country Doctor Community Health Center and a faculty member with the UW Department of Family Medicine. He brings a sense of humor and incredible passion to everything he does, especially in caring for Seattle’s underserved and uninsured communities.

Bring your lunch and be ready to enjoy some homemade treats!

SIGN UP: Questions: Erin, Michael


Panel Discussion and Kick-Off Happy Hour: “United for Care: Community Specialization and Provider Diversity in Primary Care”

Time/Location: Monday October 8th 5:30pm-7pm, Location TBD (please check back to the we-join this weekend)

This evening’s panel is about the broad opportunities available to physicians trained in primary care specialties to focus on particular communities or issues in their careers. Issues of provider diversity will also be addressed:

~Dr. Alex Molnar is a trained general internist and works part time in the International Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center and part time at Pioneer Square Homeless Clinic.

~Dr. Nancy Fisher is a trained pediatrician and public health administrator and the current Chief Medical Officer for Region X at the Center Medicare and Medicaid Services.

~Dr. Freddy Chen is Chief of Family Medicine at Harborview and a Senior Investigator in the University of Washington’s WWAMI Rural Health Research Center and the Center for Health Workforce Studies.

Dinner will be served during the panel with a wine and beer Kick-Off Happy Hour to follow!


Questions: Serena:, Eliza:,, Fern:

TUESDAY, October 9th


Film Screening and Discussion: “ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue America’s Health Care“

Time/Location: Tuesday October 9th 6:30pm-8:30pm GWN 301 upper campus

**For help finding the building go to and search for GWN**

HOSTED BY: UWSOM student groups, the UW undergradute AMSA chapter, and the ASUW Student Health Consortium

“ESCAPE FIRE examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. After decades of resistance, a movement to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly system is finally gaining ground. This film follows dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military. ESCAPE FIRE is about finding a way out. It’s about saving the health of a nation.” Click to learn more:

Come enjoy a thought provoking film and collaborative discussion with medical students, undergraduates, and other UW community members.

Popcorn and beverages will be provided! SIGN UP:

Questions: Lauren, Monica ASUW

WEDNESDAY, October 10th LUNCH:

Brown Bag Discussion: “Global Health Practice in Primary Care”

Time/Location: Wednesday October 10th 11:30am-12:20pm, HSB E-216

Come join us for a discussion with Dr. Rachel Ignacio, a fellow UWSOM grad with a wealth of global health experience! She has done work and research in Peru, Mozambique, India, Botswana, and Haiti, and will be sharing some of her stories with us. It’ll be an informal event, so you’re welcome to ask questions or find out more about what interests you!

Bring your lunch and be ready to enjoy some homemade treats!

SIGN UP: Questions: Brigitta:


Workshop: “LGBTQ Health in a Primary Care Setting”

Time/Location: Wednesday October 10Th 5:30pm-7:30pm, D209 Turner Auditorium

Glenna Martin (MS4/MPH candidate) will discuss primary care health care guidelines for LGBTQ patients, how to take an “advanced” sexual history, go over cases, and answer/ask questions in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Plus free rainbow badge stickers and awesome company!

Dinner will be served!

SIGN UP: Questions: Kelly Dundon

THURSDAY, October 11th


National Health Service Corps, Corp Community Day Celebration “Stronger Communities. Healthier Patients”

Time/Location: Thursday October 11th 6:00pm-8:00pm, T-639

Talk with a panel of Washington medical and dental providers about their experiences in rural and urban undeserved communities, learn about the benefits of doing rural rotations, and discover how you can help increase healthcare access for underserved communities.

All are welcome!

Refreshments will be provided!

FRIDAY, October 12th

LUNCH (1):

Physician panel “Fellowship Opportunities in Primary Care”

Time/Location: Friday October 12th 11:30am-12:20pm, T-359

Come explore unique fellowship opportunities in primary care. We will be joined by primary care physicians who have received additional training in wilderness medicine, sports medicine, palliative care/geriatrics, and adolescent medicine. Hear about how these specialized training programs inform their primary care practice today! Come with an appetite for learning more about the many faces of primary care.

Lunch will be provided!


Questions: Tara Olson:, Amy:

LUNCH (2):

Brown Bag Discussion: “The ‘Local as Global’ Approach to Primary Care”

Time/Location: Friday October 12th 11:30am-12:20pm T550

Come enjoy a lunch-time conversation with Dr. Overstreet, a practicing family physician at Harborview Medical Center Family Medicine Clinic in urban Seattle, about the “Local as Global” approach to primary care. Dr. Overstreet is a passionate physician and teacher with a wealth of knowledge about caring for underserved communities. Come enjoy your lunch and participate in what promises to be an engaging dialogue!

Bring your lunch and be ready to enjoy some homemade treats!

SIGN UP: Questions: Megan Smith


Panel Discussion and Closing Happy Hour: “The many faces of primary care, how do you choose which specialty is for you?”

Time/Location: Friday October 12th 5:30pm-7:30pm, D209 Turner Auditorium

Still trying to decide if a subspecialty or primary care is for you? Or maybe you are sure that you want to practice primary care, but undecided on what specialty will be the right fit. Come participate in this panel discussion with physician panelists from internal medicine, family medicine, OB/Gyn and pediatrics and learn about what it is really like to practice in these fields. Come enjoy what promises to be a great networking opportunity with docs and fellow students who are passionate about primary care.

Dinner will be served during the panel with a wine and beer Kick-Off Happy Hour to follow!

SIGN UP: Questions: Lauren Hanson:

A special thanks goes out to the Osler Club, the King County Academy of Family Physicians, the FMIG, Al Shifa, the undergraduate AMSA chapter, and the ASUW Student Health Consortium for financially supporting this week of events.

For general questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Lauren Hanson, MS3/MPH candidate University of Washington School of Medicine (206)617-0877

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