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  • Primary Care is....

    ....the underdog. Is undervalued. Is misunderstood. Is antiquated. Is dysfunctional. Needs a makeover. Could use a LOUD cheerleading section.

    PRIMARY CARE…
    Is brimming with hope. Is timeless. Makes communities healthier. Is team-based care. Is the future of health care. Is THE place for higher quality care and lower spending.

    Today we start celebrating National Primary Care Week. Let's give primary care a voice - your voice!

    1. Print the “Primary Care…” signboard. Write what primary care means to you on any sheet of paper.
    2. Write out your message. Need inspiration? Click here
    3. Have someone take your picture, aiming for a head and shoulders shot but feel free to get creative. The important thing is that the message is clear and visible.
    4. Get it to us! Upload it using the upload bar on this page. Tweet it using the hashtag #voicesforpcare. Or email it to us at voices@primarycareprogress.org.

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  • Reflecting on National Primary Care Week

    Hi, my name is Angela Kuznia, I am a fourth year medical student and chair of AMSA’s National Primary Care Week (NPCW) 2011 planning committee. This is my second year serving in this position, and my fourth year celebrating NPCW. I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on my NPCW experiences and my own path towards a career in primary care.

    NPCW 2008: I was a first year medical student and new AMSA member at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. I was knee-deep in textbooks, class notes, and flashcards, with highlighter stains on my hands (and sometimes my sheets), learning to survive my first semester of medical school. I attended several lunchtime NPCW events hosted by my school’s AMSA chapter and learned about opportunities for primary care physicians in the National Health Service Corps and various career paths in primary care. This was my first real introduction to AMSA as well, and it gave me a much needed big-picture perspective on medicine at a time when I was busy memorizing biochemical pathways and physiology equations.

    NPCW 2009: I had survived the academic rigors of my first year, and was soaking up as much knowledge as possible ...

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