October 4-8, 2021

This year marks the 22st AMSA National Primary Care Week (NPCW)! Over the years, we’ve focused on topics like Climate Change, Rural Health & Primary Care, among other timely and important issues surrounding primary care.

Be on the lookout for daily questions on AMSA’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages during NPCW 2021, and use the hashtags #NPCW or #NPCW2021 to join the conversation. Questions? Reach out to cph.chair@amsa.org. AMSA works closely with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to make NPCW a successful initiative for the promotion of primary care across the country—learn more about their support and resources.

Get updates on National Primary Care Week

View information from past years of National Primary Care Week

View the 2016 Webinars

View the 2015 Webinars (Climate Change and its Impact on Health Care)

View the 2014 Webinars (Rural Health & Primary Care)

Check out events from National Primary Care Week (NPCW) 2017!

Featuring Dr. Dike Drummond

Topic Summary & Key Themes

Topic summary: Identifying and Addressing Burnout in the Medical Student. Learn to recognize the early signs and symptoms of burnout and the different techniques for prevention.
Key themes: Student & physician well-being, preventive medicine

About Dr. Drummond

  • Dike Drummond, M.D. is a Mayo trained Family Practice Physician, professional coach, author, speaker, and trainer whose sole professional focus since 2011 has been addressing the modern burnout epidemic in physicians.
  • Dr. Drummond is the CEO and Founder of TheHappyMD.com where he receives 25,000 website visitors a month and hosts an online community of 15,241 physicians from 63 countries around the world.
  • Dr. Drummond has over 2000 hours of one-on-one physician coaching experience and has trained over 15,000 doctors on behalf of over 60 corporate clients in the last two years. His comprehensive experience with individual doctors in all specialties and healthcare organizations of all sizes has lead him to create the ground-breaking resources such as The Burnout Prevention MATRIX Report, One Minute Mindfulness, The Heart of the Healer Wellness Retreat, and many other.

Featuring Dr. David Schmitz & Dr. Eric L. Johnson

Topic Summary & Related Materials

Topic summary: This talk will be focused on the current state of rural health in the nation and will include an expert guest presenter that will discuss how telemedicine is used in rural areas.
Related Materials: Use of drones in rural areas

About Dr. Schmitz & Dr. Johnson
  • Dr. David Schmitz is Professor and Chair in the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Schmitz is also the current President of the National Rural Health Association. With a combined experience of nearly twenty years in rural practice and teaching residents and students, he recently relocated to North Dakota continuing work in the areas of medical education, rural health, and workforce research. He is active with both the American Academy of Family Physicians, serving on the Commission on Quality and Practice as well as with WONCA, the global association of family physicians, serving as the North American representative to the executive of the group on Rural Practice.
  • Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He serves as the Assistant Medical Director for the Diabetes Center at Altru Health System in Grand Forks, North Dakota. A graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Johnson completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of North Dakota-Fargo Program and is Board Certified in Family Medicine.

Featuring Dr. Neal Barnard

Topic Summary & Key Themes

Topic summary: Food for Life. Learn to incorporate nutrition education to promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Discover how plant-based nutrition is being used to treat and prevent hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
Key themes: Nutrition and health promotion, preventive medicine, personal well-being, lifestyle medicine

About Dr. Barnard
  • Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center, a nonprofit primary care medical center in Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health, and regularly hosts continuing medical education conferences for health care providers.
  • Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books, including the New York Times best-sellers Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and the USA Today best-seller Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, and stars in four PBS specials about diet and health. As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.

Featuring Dr. Isabel Lowell & Dr. Natasha Bhuyan

Topic Summary

Topic summary: The possibilities with virtual care seem endless, and Drs. Lowell and Bhuyan will posit that the holy grail of virtual care is actually its application to primary care–the daily, routine type of care patients need but often don’t have access to. Dr. Lowell will give insight into how training in primary care allows her to flex her clinical services to the needs of her community—in this case, not a geographic community, but a patient community. She will describe how she is leveraging a still emerging technology in telemedicine to serve the transgender population, and how she teams in a non-traditional way to address a need far beyond her physical location. Dr. Bhuyan will describe how medical culture, practice models, and payment structures are changing—or need to—to make virtual care a reality for patients.

About Dr. Lowell & Dr. Bhuyan
  • Dr. Isabel Lowell received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and subsequently completed her Family Medicine residency in Lawrence, MA, where she learned to speak Spanish through caring for the primarily Dominican patient population. She moved to Atlanta in 2013 and joined the faculty at Emory University, where she started the Gender Clinic at Emory. While working at Emory, she completed an MBA at the Goizueta School of Business, graduating first in her class. She has recently opened QMed, a telemedicine-based practice that provides affirming health care and hormone therapy for the trans* community in Georgia and across the US. Dr. Lowell has attended conferences and worked with experts around the country to learn more about transgender medicine. She is a member of World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), and gives lectures regularly to educate other medical providers and students about transgender medicine. Dr. Lowell is proud to be a member of the LGBTQ community. Her work as a physician is driven by a passion for equality and respect for all. She lives in Atlanta with her wife and infant son.
  • Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., is a family medicine physician and district medical director of One Medical in Phoenix, AZ. She graduated as the chief resident of family medicine at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix and completed a faculty development fellowship with the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is a clinical associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. She serves as a preceptor for an interdisciplinary care team at the Student Health Outreach for Wellness clinic, serving homeless patients in central Phoenix. Dr. Bhuyan is also the chair of the Arizona Care Network’s Medicare Shared Savings Program Board of Managers. Dr. Bhuyan has served in several national leadership positions, including as an adviser to Family Medicine for America’s Health and on the board of directors for the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. She currently works with multiple Family Medicine Interest Groups as part of the Primary Care Leadership Collaborative, an initiative between the AAFP, Primary Care Progress and Family Medicine for America’s Health. Locally, she is on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood Arizona. Natasha has been published in various medical journals, including the Annals of Family Medicine and the Journal of Addiction Medicine. She regularly writes for the AAFP’s Fresh Perspectives blog. She also serves as a media resource and has been on The List TV, ABC News, Fox10 News, and 12News. For her leadership, advocacy and patient care efforts, Natasha was given the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award in 2010 and the American Academy of Family Physicians Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education in 2014. She was selected as the 2015 Arizona Academy of Family Physicians James L. Grobe Award winner, given to the top family medicine resident in Arizona. Her interests are in innovative primary care models, health policy, medical education, care of vulnerable populations, and patient safety.

Featuring Dr. James Loomis, Jr.

Topic Summary & Key Themes

Topic summary: In this lifestyle medicine talk, Dr. Loomis will discuss how to incorporate and encourage preventive medicine into your practice and also into your own busy life as a physician.
Key themes: lifestyle medicine, physician well-being, preventative medicine

About Dr. Loomis
  • James F. Loomis Jr., M.D., M.B.A., received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and graduated with honors. He subsequently completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, MO. In addition, Dr. Loomis received an M.B.A. from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He is board certified in internal medicine and has also completed the certification program in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.
  • Dr. Loomis is the medical director at the Barnard Medical Center in Washington DC. He has served as team internist for the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, as well as tour physician for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to the Barnard Medical Center, he practiced internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, where he was also the director of prevention and wellness. He is on the clinical faculty of the department of internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Loomis also serves on the board of directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
  • When not practicing medicine, Dr. Loomis enjoys reading, cooking, and teaching plant-based cooking classes. He also enjoys running, biking, and swimming, and has completed numerous half marathons, marathons, and triathlons.