Many of you have heard the news: after years of encouragement by individual family physicians, Tulane alumni, and our state and national academies, Family Medicine has arrived at Tulane University School of Medicine. The Department of Family and Community Medicine became Tulane's newest clinical department in the Spring of 1998, building on the base of the long-established program in Community Medicine.
Our mission as a Department continues as we provide educational and clinical leadership in Primary Care within Tulane University Medical Center and the community. The Department strives to be innovative, community-focused, and collaborative - crossing traditional institutional and disciplinary boundaries. Tulane will not become a school focused on primary care, but Family Medicine's presence here helps assure that every student, resident and faculty member has basic professional skills and an appreciation for the primary care physician.
Some of our Departmental activities include
Many plans for the Department are being formulated. We have started to explore the possibility of Family Medicine residency training within the greater New Orleans metropolitan area. Eventually, training sites in inner city New Orleans also make sense in order to help meet the needs of our community. I am also very pleased that we have signed a letter of cooperation with the Family Medicine Residency at the Baton Rouge General, expressing our intent to look for opportunities of mutual benefit, such as medical student teaching. The goal is to form additional alliances.
The Family Medicine Interest Group and other student community service projects are supported by an advisory system established in Family and Community Medicine. The Department operates an accredited Residency in Preventive Medicine , based in New Orleans. Discussion has started about development of a training program in Occupational Medicine. These programs and linkages between the Department and Tulane's School of Public Health provide unique opportunities for pursuit of dual board certification, study in areas of Public Health or Health Administration, and scholarly undertakings.
To those of you who over the years advocated for Tulane to make this commitment to Family Medicine, let me express my thanks. Please feel free to explore our web site, and don't hesitate to contact the Department of Family and Community Medicine with any questions, comments, or ideas.
Dr. Richard Streiffer, MD
Dr. Richard Streiffer, MD
Read the Article: Contribution of Primary Care to Health Systems and Health
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