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League partners with area medical schools for National Primary Care Week

10-12-09 Feature Story:

The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is partnering with two Boston-area medical schools to sponsor events during National Primary Care Week (Oct. 19-23).

On Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 1-4pm, the League will co-host a symposium for medical students at Tufts University School of Medicine entitled "A Caring Community-Community Health Centers as Primary Care Medical Homes." The afternoon will include a historical perspective of the community health center movement as well as panel discussions on health care reform, patient-centered medical home, and choosing a career in community-based primary care. The panel will be followed by a career fair for students. If you are interested in participating in the fair, please contact Alexis Powell by phone (617) 988-2239 or by email. Reservations
are required.

Click here for a program flyer for the Tufts symposium.

In addition, the League and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Community Benefits Program are working alongside the Primary Care Interest Group at Harvard Medical School to create a weeklong schedule of events. The week will consist of a daily lunchtime speaker series aimed at promoting community-based primary care. Topics will include the history of community health centers, the role of health centers in the community, and health policy. The week will end with a tour of Fenway Community Health Center.

Click here for a program flyer for the Harvard Primary Care Week events.

As part of its overall primary care workforce initiative, the League works with Massachusetts medical schools to provide students with exposure to primary care practice in community health centers. To date, the League has sponsored a symposium for Tufts medical students and a roundtable for Boston University medical students. The League has also worked with BU medical students to promote the Boston University School of Medicine Community Health Project to its health center members.

Click here for more information on the League's primary care workforce initiative.

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