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3rd Annual Innovations Conference

October 7, 2013 [ This event has expired ]
Harvard Medical School
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA
Contact Information:
primarycarecenter [at] hms [dot] harvard [dot] edu


The Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (CME) to provide CME. The MGH Institute of Health Professions is approved as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) by MARN, an ANCC accredited approver.
The Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care held its third annual Primary Care Innovations Conference at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center in Boston on October 7, 2013. The conference focused on health professionals education and drew more than 400 primary care providers at various levels, many of them involved in teaching students in the health professions.
The Conference also focused on emerging pedagogies and interprofessional education. Attendees included primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, health care executives, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, physician assistants, medical and nursing students, and other professionals interested in primary care. 
Dr. Darrell Kirch, President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), delivered the keynote and argued that primary care professionals are especially well positioned to lead positive change in emerging health care delivery models that seek to administer patient-centered, team-based care.

Read about the 2012 conference here. More information on CME and CNE.


8:30 - 8:45 AM                  

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 - 10:15 AM                                              

KeynoteDarrell Kirch, MD

Primary Care—From the Margins to the Epicenter

Given that true health care reform has yet to be achieved, the presentation will discuss how health care leaders can lead the remaining changes required in our health care system and how their actions can be guided by ethical, rather than political, considerations.  Dr. Kirch will argue that primary care professionals are especially well positioned to lead positive change in emerging health care delivery models that seek to administer patient-centered, team-based care.

10:15 - 10:45 AM                  


10:45 - 12:15 PM

Breakout Session  A - Beyond Lectures – Innovative Models for Medical Education

  • Stories of Innovation and Leadership in Primary Care
    Moderators: Andrew Ellner and Soma Stout
    Confirmed Speakers: Nisha Basu, Hong Chen Cheung, Faye Holder-Niles, Katherine Miller, Charlotte Wu, Steven Simon, David Brick, Joshua St. Louis
    The Center's Innovations Fellows Program allows HMS faculty members to explore innovative primary care delivery methods within their own practices. These “TED” type talks will highlight the successes, failures, trials, and tribulations that the fellows encountered while implementing their transformative projects.
  • System transformation through educational transformation: The rationale, workings, and potential of longitudinal integrated clerkships at UCSF, Minnesota, and HMS
    Confirmed Speakers: David Hirsh, Kathleen Brooks, Lindsay Mazotti
    Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships (LICs), meaningfully different models of education, are transforming clinical training. The rapid uptake of the LIC model nationally and worldwide appears to flow from five health system imperatives: 1. To advance learning and professional development. 2. To advance generalist training. 3. To build workforce capacity in underserved communities. 4. To advance delivery system redesign, through quality, safety, and interprofessionalism. 5. To translate science and service excellence (to connect the academia and the community).

    The LIC model is grounded in principles derived from the sciences of learning (education, social and cognitive psychology, neurobiology of learning) and thus applicability should be transferable across domains. This interactive session is a workshop to discuss the “nuts and bolts” of LICs and the models’ principles, processes, and reach. Leaders of an academic specialist-oriented LIC (UCSF/Kaiser), a rural generalist LIC (University of Minnesota), and an urban community LIC (HMS/Cambridge) will work with participants in small groups to explore the model—its rationale, workings, and potential.

  • Interprofessional Education (IPE): Moving from Concepts to Collaborative Practice
    Confirmed Speakers: Lauren Collins, Elena Umland
    This breakout session will provide an overview of the interprofessional health mentor program and integration of new IPE competencies into health professions’ education. A moderated panel session will follow and include discussion of IPE lessons, learned/implementation guidelines, outcomes assessment, future directions in IPE, and open discussion/comments.
  • Team-Based Learning: One Way to “Flip” a Classroom
    Moderator: Allen Shaughnessy
    Confirmed Speaker: Paul Haidet
    This workshop will use the Team-Based Learning (TBL) method to introduce participants to teaching principles that form its foundation. In this way, participants will both learn about the method and experience it firsthand. Participants will have ample space to ask questions, discuss the principles with each other, and explore how TBL can be used in their own teaching. The workshop will progress through the three phases of TBL (advance preparation, readiness assurance, application activities), allowing participants to debrief after each phase. Resources and examples from multiple institutions and areas of medical education will be provided to participants.
12:15 - 1:45 PM

Lunch and Poster Session

1:45 - 3:15 PM

Breakout Session B - Clinical and Lifelong Learning

  • Learning when you don’t have the time (and how it benefits your patients) - THIS SESSION IS CLOSED
    Moderator: Allen Shaughnessy
    Confirmed Speaker: Roland Grad
    Participants will see the importance of continuing education and how to incorporate learning when one feels like he/she has no time already. Dr. Grad will discuss how physicians use this information, and practical tips for the attendees to take back with them. Dr. Grad is a practicing family physician and researcher at McGill who studies the use of 'evidence' in everyday clinical practice. Since 2003, his work to develop and validate the Information Assessment Method ( is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Pharmacists Association. The Information Assessment Method is a promising tool for (1) CME research, focused on practice-based education, and (2) understanding how health professionals use research-based clinical information.
  • “RePlay Health”: A Serious Game for US Health Reform - THIS SESSION IS CLOSED
    Confirmed Speakers: Patrick Lee, Geoff Kaufman, Max Seidman
    We built a game that teaches key lessons from a validated regional health policy model and can be played in under an hour. “RePlay Health” creates a fun, face-paced analog of the US health system where players make real-time decisions that affect their own health and financial well-being. In between rounds, they vote on policy initiatives that alter the rules of the game. Workshop participants will learn how and why the game was built, play several rounds of “RePlay Health”, then reflect as a group on implications for teaching and advocacy around US health reform.

  • The Patient Perspective
    Panelists: Barbara Ogur, Barbara Gottlieb, Leigh Simmons, Kyle Dempsey, Laura Huppert, Charli Henley
    A panel discussion of patients’ experience of working with students in training. This session will include several video clips of patients and a panel of a patient, student and preceptor to guide the discussion.
  • Translating Innovation and Education into Scholarship and Promotion at Harvard Medical School
    Speakers: Carol Bates, David Hirsh, Sanja Percac-Lima, Helen Sheilds, and Joanne Cox
    *This session is designed for HMS faculty
    During this session, Dr. Carol Bates, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs at Harvard Medical School, will review promotion criteria for Areas of Excellence in Clinical Expertise and Innovation, and in Teaching and Educational Leadership; review resources that can help HMS faculty with career development; and share perspectives from HMS faculty who have successfully been promoted in this pathway.
3:15 - 3:35 PM

Networking Break

3:45 - 5:15 PM

Debate Session

  • Motion: Practice Redesign must happen before education is integrated into practice for the ideal student experience
    Arguing for this motion: Robert Reid
    Arguing against this motion: George Thibault
    Moderator: Laurie Lauzon Clabo
    George Thibault, president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and Robert Reid, senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute and associate medical director of health services research & knowledge translation at Group health Cooperative, will debate the motion put forward: Practice Redesign must happen before education is integrated into practice for the ideal student experience.
5:15 - 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Reception – Featuring the Agents of Change
Promoting innovation in health care delivery in the Greater Boston Area
Multi-disciplinary teams from the Agents of Change program will present their projects on interactive ePosterBoards, highlighting innovations in health care delivery designed for populations who are served by community health centers in the Great Boston Area.


Conference Co-Chairs

Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo, PhD, RN
Dean and Professor of Nursing
MGH Institute of Health Professions 

Jules L. Dienstag, MD
Dean for Medical Education
Carl W. Walter Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Kristen Goodell, MD
Director of Innovation in Medical Education
Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care

Allen F. Shaughnessy, PharmD, MMedEd
Professor at Tufts University Family Medicine
Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance


Darrell G. Kirch, MD
President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Dr. Darrell G. Kirch is president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which represents the nation's medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies.

A distinguished physician, educator, and medical scientist, Dr. Kirch speaks and publishes widely on the need for transformation in the nation’s health care system and how academic medicine can lead that change across medical education, medical research, and patient care. Prior to becoming AAMC president in 2006, Dr. Kirch served as the dean and academic health system leader of two institutions, the Medical College of Georgia and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

He has co-chaired the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting body for U.S. medical schools, and now serves as chair of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat and the Department of Veterans Affairs Special Medical Advisory Group. Dr. Kirch also is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

A psychiatrist and clinical neuroscientist by training, Dr. Kirch began his career at the National Institute of Mental Health, becoming the acting scientific director in 1993 and receiving the Outstanding Service Medal of the United States Public Health Service. A native of Denver, he earned his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Colorado.