29th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access to be held in Monterey, California

The Coastal Research Group hosts the invitational National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access. For the 29th National Conference, we return to the Hyatt Regency Monterey. site of the 1993 and 2009 National Conferences.

The 29th National Conference will take place April 16 through 18, 2018. Invitations and registration forms will be mailed to invitees during the summer of 2017.

The theme of the 29th National Conference will be “What Appears Certain”.

The founding of the Coastal Research Group 34 years ago and the establishment of the National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access in 1990 were both based on the premise that the American health care system was in need of substantive reform.

Although there are many admirable features of American medicine and comprehensive reform has been attempted through 2010’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), very serious deficiencies still exist in how American health care is organized and financed. How these deficiencies are to be resolved and how such gains as have been made are to be protected will be the subject of discussion at the National Conference.

PPACA, to which the media have assigned the nicknames “ACA” and “Obamacare” has had a transformative impact on some aspects of the health care system. Yet, although the ACA, at the time of the 29th National Conference will have been enacted for more than a half-decade, its ultimate efficacy and impact is still a source of intense debate.

Whatever its ultimate impact, the problems that brought forth the National Conferences – the geographic and specialty distribution of physicians, the lack of an appropriately functioning system of primary care, the lack of effective integration of medicine and public health – all remain concerns.

Over the past 28 National Conferences, much of the discussion has not only identified what should be changed in the health system, but has assessed the intended and unintended consequences of past federal legislation (i.e, Medicare, Medicaid and the prescription drug benefit).

These concerns are at the center of discussion of each of the National Conferences.

The Political Climate in 2017

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has yet to gain the widespread popularity predicted by the legislation’s proponents. Nor has consensus yet emerged at the federal level as how to change it.

A Brief History of the Concept of Primary Health Care Resources

Over a half century ago (1964), the treatise “Health Care is a Community Affair”, called the Folsom Report, was published. The next year (1965), the two principal federal programs for funding health care, Medicare and Medicaid passed, followed in the subsequent year, by the publication of the reports of the Millis and Willard Commissions.

The three reports and two financing mechanisms have had profound results, the former on development of public and private sector policies the latter on how the structure of American health care evolved.

The reports resulted in such familiar concepts as the idea of primary and tertiary health care, programs to address geographic and specialty maldistribution of physicians, especially in rural and “inner city” areas, and creation of new primary health care personnel.

In the meantime, multiple efforts to address poverty in America at the federal level led to the creation of the Office of Economic Opportunity, which promoted such ideas as Neighborhood Health Centers.

With the change in administrations at the federal level in 1968, many of the OEO ideas were institutionalized (made politically more “acceptable”) in federal legislation supporting the Community Health Centers and the National Health Service Corps. Legislation funding the new primary care discipline of Family Medicine passed at the same time as the other “safety net” programs, that had consequences for the evolution of training the family physician.

The effects of the two financing mechanisms were outsized, impacting the structure and organization of any entity that received funding from either. Neither Medicare and Medicaid were developed in concert with the policy recommendations of the Commissions, and thus a half-century of accumulated evidence suggests that the policy bases of health care financing do not synchronize with the policy bases would underlie a rational American health care system.

Issues for further consideration by the 29th National Conference 

The following questions, all of which were posed for and discussed at the previous National Conferences, are posed for the faculty and invited participants for the 29th National Conference as well.

  • What were the changes in American Health Care intended by passage of the “ACA”? To what extent have such changes been effected, with the likelihood that the change is permanent?
  • Are there unintended changes that have occurred through passage of the “ACA”? Are those changes good or bad?
  • Because Medicaid historically has differed significantly from state to state, ACA attempted to impose a more consistent approach to the financing of Medicaid recipients between states. To what extent has this effort been successful, and where do problems still exist?
  • Insurance companies, which evolved historically to assess and contain risk, have been assigned by the ACA the task of advancing the “rights” of health care recipients to care (whom ACA obligated to enroll in a health plan) while charging them with the plan’s actuarial costs. Is this the best way to increase access to health care?
  • Has the “ACA” enhanced or impeded primary health care access in rural communities, and to “underserved” and disadvantaged populations? What is the anticipated impact of the November 2016 election on the ACA’s progress in providing care access?
  • What are the effects of changes being implemented in the accreditation of medical schools and postsecondary physician training programs?
  • How are such innovations as primary care medical homes, teaching community health centers, rural training tracks, hospital-centered community health plans, and accountable care organizations faring? Are there examples of programmatic successes (or failures) that would be of general interest?

Invitations to the 29th National Conference will be sent out in Summer 2017. Those interested in the National Conference and the Invitation Conference should e-mail the conference coordinator, William H. Burnett, at [email protected]

“Access”: Day Three of the 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access – April 12, 2017

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The schedule for April 12, 2017 (third day of the 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access) is as follows:

6:30 AM Breakout Groups (with Breakfast) conference registrants only)

Suzanne Allen, MD

8:15 AM Call to Order (Gary LeRoy, MD, Wright State University, Moderator) [Doctor LeRoy is a Senior Fellow of the National Conferences]

8:20 AM The 24th Charles E. Odegaard Lecture

   Suzanne Allen, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, Boise, Idaho

8:50 AM Questions and Comments – Lead Question: Charles Q. North, MD, MS [Doctor North is a Senior Fellow of the National Conferences] Continue reading ““Access”: Day Three of the 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access – April 12, 2017″

“Access”: The 28th National Conference’s Breakout Groups – Wednesday April 12 2017

Mardi Gras Face Mask 

The breakout question April 12, 2017

Mark E. Clasen, MD, Ph.D., The Third Charles E. Odegaard Lecture, March, 1996

“In [a Houston, Texas] community health center, a very ill subset of diabetic patients were getting sicker. In this group hemoglobin A1C’s were climbing, and visual and extremity complications were worsening. The physician group asked our diabetic teaching nurse, Gloria O, to break out of her prescribed protocols, and render this group of patients intensive outpatient care. Listening to her counsel her patients in a new way, I heard her use language and imagery that I had never heard her use before. Continue reading ““Access”: The 28th National Conference’s Breakout Groups – Wednesday April 12 2017”

“Access”: Day Two of the 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access – April 11, 2017

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The schedule for April 11, 2017 (second day of the 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access) is as follows:

6:30 AM Breakout Groups (with Breakfast) conference registrants only

8:15 AM Call to Order (Ana Bejinez-Eastman, MD, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier, California, Moderator) [Doctor Bejinez-Eastman is a Senior Fellow of the National Conferences]

8:20 AM Issues in Primary Health Care Access: A Conversation

  Norman B. Kahn, Jr, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Chicago [Doctor Kahn is a Senior Fellow of the National Conferences]

  Jeffrey Susman, MD, Dean Emeritus, Northeast Ohio Medical College, Rootstown, Ohio

  Donald Frey, MD, Vice-Provost Emeritus, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska [Doctor Frey is a Senior Fellow of the National Conferences]

8:40 AM Audience Questions and Comments – Lead Question: J. Scott Christman, MPDS [Mr Christman is a Fellow of the National Conferences] Continue reading ““Access”: Day Two of the 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access – April 11, 2017”

“Access”: The 28th National Conference’s Breakout Groups – Tuesday April 11 2017

The Twenty-Eighth National Conference on Primary Health Care Access, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans (second day breakout groups):

The steamship Natchez on the Mississippi River, New Orleans

THE APRIL 11, 2017 SMALL GROUP QUESTION

An excerpt from Peter V. Lee, MD’s  “The Student, the Patient, and the University” 1965

“The motivation of most physicians must ultimately arise from an interest in the problems of their patients; the patient-oriented curriculum would utilize this motivation from the beginning.  …..And now..my hopes for the future:  Continue reading ““Access”: The 28th National Conference’s Breakout Groups – Tuesday April 11 2017”

“Access”: Day One of the 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access – April 10, 2017

The schedule for April 10, 2017 (first day of the 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access) is as follows:

6:30 AM Breakout Groups (with Breakfast)  (conference registrants only)

8:15 AM Welcome and Review of the Previous 27th National Conference

J. Scott Christman, MPDS, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Sacramento, California [Mr Christman is a  Fellow of the National Conferences]

8:25 AM Opening Statement of the First Plenary Session (Marc Babitz, MD, Utah Department of Health, Moderator) [Doctor Babitz is a Senior Fellow of the National Conferences]

Recognition of William A. Norcross, MD, University of California, San Diego, as a new Senior Fellow of the National Conferences

Recognition of Denise Crawford, MBA, as a new Fellow of the National Conferences

Charles Q. North, MD

8:30 AM Theme Panel: “Access to What?: Issues in  Access to Primary Health Care”: A Discussion by Charles Q. North, MD, Jeremy Fish, MD and William H. Burnett, MA

Charles Q. North, MD, MS, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, [Doctor North is a Senior Fellow of the National Conferences]

Jeremy Fish, MD, John Muir Health Systems, Walnut Creek, California

Jeremy Fish, MD

William H. Burnett, MA, Coastal Research Group, Granite Bay, California [Mr Burnett is a Senior Fellow of the National Conferences]

William H. Burnett, MA

Continue reading ““Access”: Day One of the 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access – April 10, 2017″

“Access”: The 28th National Conference’s Breakout Groups – Monday April 10 2017

The first event of the 28th National Conference, which opens on Monday April 10, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans are seven breakout groups (with breakfast) with an assigned discussion topic.

French Quarter Crowds near the Cafe du Monde

THE APRIL 10, 2017 SMALL GROUP QUESTION

The following question was a breakout question for the 18th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access, held in April, 2007, three years before passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Imagine the opportunity for a new discussion of the core elements of PPACA. Would the concerns suggested by the April 2007 question still be relevant today?

“You have been appointed to a citizen’s advisory group that is reporting to Congress on plans to provide health coverage for all uninsured person in the United States.  You notice that most members of the advisory group are content to recommend spending whatever it takes to make the current system of care available to everyone.  

“You have become concerned about the advisory group making such a recommendation without concurrently recommending reform of the health care system and new attention to the geographic and specialty distribution of the workforce.  How do you articulate your concerns in ways that would help focus the public policy debate?”

The breakout group breakdown:

MONDAY APRIL 10, 2017 

6:30 AM

Group One, BEJINEZ-EASTMAN (LEAD); ALLEN (SCRIBE), North, Soto, Susman

Group Two, BOLTRI (LEAD); ERICKSON, (SCRIBE): Babitz, J.Geyman, Kahn

Group Three, R.FLINDERS (LEAD); E.GEYMAN (SCRIBE); Burnett, Fish, Gomez, Righter

Group Four, FREY (LEAD); J.FLINDERS (SCRIBE), Chiang , Harrison, North, Porfeli

Group Five, LEROY (LEAD); PARTLOW (SCRIBE), Christman, LePage, Rush-Kolodzey, Webster

Group Six, ROSS, LEAD; ZRYD SCRIBE; Coleman, Matheny, Neiman-Hart, Wilke

Group Seven, NORCROSS, LEAD; SPALDING SCRIBE: Crawford, Graves, Russo, Sheridan

 The assigned breakout question will be posted soon.

National Conference Scholar Positions Established for 23rd through 28th National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access

Over the past 28 years, the National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access have been conducted by the Coastal Research Group, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, dedicated to the advancement of the goals of family and community medicine and public health.

The National Conferences are invitational and invitations are by tradition first offered to previous National Conference registrants. Therefore, each conference consists of large majority of conferees who have attended one or more previous conferences in the  series.

Those persons who have made plenary presentations and have attended specified numbers of National Conferences are designated as Senior Fellows or Fellows of the National Conferences. [The Senior Fellows and Fellows are listed at Fellows and Senior Fellows of the National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access.]

At the 23rd National Conference in Carlsbad, California a new position of honor was created, the National Conference Scholars. Each of these is a newcomer to the National Conferences, and whose Scholarship has been sponsored by his or her institution as a National Conference participant.

Each National Conference Scholarship bore the name of a current Fellow or Senior Fellow, except for two Memorial National Conference Scholarships honoring a deceased Fellow and Senior Fellow.

The 2017 National Conference Scholars

Jeremy Fish, MD, Muir Healthcare, Walnut Creek, California, has been designated the 2017 Charles Q. North, MD, MS National Conference Scholar

Jessica Flinders, FNP, has been designated the 2017 Marc E. Babitz, MD National Conference Scholar

Ivan Gomez, MD, UCSF Fresno, has been designated the 2017 James Herman, MD National Conference Scholar

Lisa Graves, MD, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, has been designated the 2017 Donald Frey, MD National Conference Scholar

Steven Harrison, MD, Natividad Medical Center, Salinas, California, has been designated the 2017 Rick Flinders MD National Conference Scholar

Kenneth LePage has been designated the 2017 J. Scott Christman National Conference Scholar

Holli Neiman-Hart, MD, has been designated the 2017 John Boltri, MD National Conference Scholar

Erik Porfeli, Ph.D., has been designated the 2017 Gary LeRoy, MD National Conference Scholar

Lisa Righter, MD, has been designated the 2017 Ana Bejinez-Eastman, MD  National Conference Scholar

Emilio Russo, MD, has been designated the 2017 John Geyman, MD National Conference Scholar

Valerie Sheridan, DO, has been designated the 2017 William A. Norcross, MD National Conference Scholar

Lisandra Soto, DDS, has been designated the 2017 Samuel Matheny, MD National Conference Scholar

Jeffrey Susman, MD, has been designated the 2017 Norman B. Kahn, Jr, MD  National Conference Scholar

Gina Weisblat, Ph.D., has been designtated the 2017 Allan Wilke, MD National Conference Scholar

The 2016 National Conference Scholars

Andrea Clarke, MD, Kaiser Permanente Napa, has been designated the 2016 Jimmy H. Hara National Conference Scholar

Amy McGaha, MD, Creighton University, Omaha, has been designated the 2016 Perry A. Pugno National Conference Scholar

Dennis Means, MD, Kalamazoo Family Health Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan has been designated the 2016 Donald Frey National Conference Scholar

Thomas E. Norris, MD, University of Washington Emeritus, has been designated the 2016 John Geyman National Conference Scholar

Keosha Partlow, Ph.D., Charles R. Drew University, has been designated the 2016 Ana Bejinez-Eastman National Conference Scholar

Adalberto Renteria, MD, has been designated the 2016 Hector Flores National Conference Scholar

Devin Sawyer, MD, Providence Health Systems, Olympia, Washington, has been designated the 2016 Kevin Haughton National Conference Scholar

Sunny Smith, MD, University of California, San Diego, has been designated the 2016 William A. Norcross National Conference Scholar

Sarah Woolsey, MD, has been designated the 2016 James Herman National Conference Scholar

The 2015 National Conference Scholars

J. C. Buller, MD, Associate Dean, Touro University, Vallejo, California, has been designated the 2015 Rick Flinders National Conference Scholar

Maria T. Carriedo-Ceniceros, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, San Ysidro Health Center, San Ysidro, California, has been designated the Marianne McKennett National Conference Scholar

Emily Dow, MD, Acting Chair, Department of Family Medicine, University of California, Irvine, has been designated the 2015 Joseph E. Scherger National Conference Scholar

Stan Kozakowski, MD, American Academy of Family Physicians, has been designated the 2015 Norman B. Kahn, Jr National Conference Scholar.

Steven Pollens, has ben designated the 2015 Robert Ross National Conference Scholar

JuliusAngelo Ramirez, MD, Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, has been designated the Allan Wilke National Conference Scholar

Janice Spalding, MD, Northeast Ohio College of Medicine, Rootstown, has been designated the 2015 F. Marian Bishop National Conference Scholar

The 2014 National Conference Scholars

Suzanne M. Allen, the University of Washington Vice Dean for Regional Affairs, based at the WWAMI program in Boise, Idaho, has been designated the 2014 Norman B. Kahn, Jr National Conference Scholar.

Eileen Chaing, CFO of the Family Health Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been designed the 2014 Marianne McKennett National Conference Scholar.

Desiree Cox-Maksimov, MD of Eden Healthcare Consulting Ltd and the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, has been designated the 2014 Jimmy H. Hara National Conference Scholar.

Cheryl Dickson, MD, Associate Dean for Community Health and Health Equity has been designated the 2014 Robert Ross National Conference Scholar.

Walter Mills, MD, of Natividad Medical Center, Salinas, California, has been designated the 2014 Perry A. Pugno National Conference Scholar.

Caryn Slack, MD, of the Utah Department of Health, Medicaid Division, Salt Lake City, has been designated the Michael D. Prislin National Conference Scholar.

The 2013 National Conference Scholars

Michael Fine, MD, Director of Health, State of Rhode Island, has been designated to be the David N. Sundwall National Conference Scholar, named for the former Head of the Health Resources and Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Robert Bowman, MD, A. T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine or Arizona, has been designated the Mitchell Kasovac National Conference Scholar, named for an Emeritus Professor of the A. T. Still University SOMA.

Denise Crawford, of the Kalamazoo Family Health Center, has been designated the Virginia Fowkes National Conference Scholar, named for the Senior Research Scholar Emerita, Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Mark D. Goodman, MD of Creighton University School of Medicine, has been designated as the Gary F. LeRoy National Conference Scholar, named for the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Colin Kopes-Kerr, MD of Peach Tree Health Care, Marysville, California, has been designated as the Perry A. Pugno National Conference Scholar, name for the Vice President, Education, of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Colin Kopes-Kerr, MD (right), the 2013 Perry A. Pugno National Conference Scholar with Dr Pugno
Colin Kopes-Kerr, MD (right), the 2013 Perry A. Pugno National Conference Scholar with Dr Pugno

Carol Levitt, MD, of Generations Family Health Center, Danielson Connecticut, has been designated as the Cynthia G. Olsen National Conference Scholar, named after the Acting Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Eugenie Lewis, MHSA, LCSW, has been designated as the Allan Wilke National Conference Scholar, named after the Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine of Western Michigan University School of Medicine.

Carol Wilson Saffold, MD . of the Family Health Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been designated the Ana Bejinez-Eastman National Conference Scholar, after the Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital of Whittier, California

Elizabeth Schlegel, Ph.D., MBA, of the Ross University, Dominica, West Indies, has been designated the Marc E. Babitz National Conference Scholar, after the Director of the Division of Health Systems Improvement of the Utah Department of Health.

 The 2012 National Conference Scholars

David Squire, then a member of the Utah Medical Education Council, received the F. Marian Bishop Memorial National Conference Scholar position, named after the late Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the  University of Utah and President of both the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Society of Teachers of Preventive Medicine.

Danielle Renaud, Ph.D., received the Thomas C. Brown Memorial National Conference position. Dr Brown was a major figure in the development of family medicine curricula in several California resident programs.

Sally Bachofer, MD, of the University of New Mexico, received the Charles Q. North National Conference Scholar position, named for the former clinical director of the United States Indian Health Service.

Benjamin Fredrick, MD, of Penn State University/Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine, received the Mark Clasen National Conference Scholar position, named for the emeritus Chair of Family Medicine at Wright State University, Dayton.

Frederick Schwartz, DO, of the A. T. Still College of Osteopathic Medicine, Mesa, Arizona, received the J. Jerry Rodos National Conference Scholar position, named for the former Dean of the Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Ramiro Zuniga, MD, of the San Joaquin General Hospital, French Camp (Stockton), California, received the John Geyman National Conference Scholar position, named for the Emeritus Chair of Family Medicine at the University of Washington.

 

Confirmed Faculty: The 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access

The following members of the permanent faculty of the National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access have confirmed their participation in the 28th National Conference, to be held April 10-12, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. 

The 28th National Conference Faculty:

A neighborhood in New Orleans' French Quarter
A neighborhood in New Orleans’ French Quarter

Suzanne M. Allen, MD, MPH, University of Washington WWAMI Program, Boise, Idaho

Marc E. Babitz, MD, Utah Department of Health, Salt Lake City

John Boltri, MD, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio

William H. Burnett, MA, Coastal Research Group, Granite Bay, California

Eileen Chiang, CMA, Family Health Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan

J. Scott Christman, MPDS, Office of Statewide Planning and Development, Sacramento, California

Mary T. Coleman, MD, Louisiana State University, New Orleans

Denise Crawford, EMBA, MSW, Family Health Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Delight F. Erickson, RNC, FNP, MPH, Radius Medicine Group, Andover, Minnesota

Jeremy Fish, MD, John Muir Health Systems, Walnut Creek, California

Rick Flinders, MD, Sutter Health, Santa Rosa, California

Donald Frey, MD, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

John Geyman, MD, University of Washington Emeritus Faculty, Friday Harbor, Washington

Ivan Gomez MD, California Statewide Area Health Education Center, Fresno, California

Steven Harrison, MD, Natividad Medical Center, Salinas, California

James M. Herman, MD, MSPH, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, Tulsa

Norman B. Kahn, Jr, MD, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Chicago, Illinois

Gary L. LeRoy, MD, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio

Samuel C. Matheny, MD, MPH, University of Kentucky, Lexington

William A. Norcross, MD, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Charles Q. North, MD, MS, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Erik Porfeli, Ph.D., Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio

Jill Rush-Kolodzey, MD, Louisiana State University, Shreveport

Emilio A. Russo, MD, Louisiana State University, New Orleans

Janice Spalding, MD Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio

Jeffrey Susman, MD, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio

Daniel Webster, MD, Michigan State University Munson Health, Traverse City

Gina Weisblat, Ph.D., Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio

Allan J. Wilke, MD, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Teresa Zyrd, MD, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio

University of Washington’s Vice-Dean Suzanne Adams to Give 24th Charles E. Odegaard Lecture Lecture at 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access

Suzanne Allen, MD; University of Washington WWAMI Program Boise, Idaho
Suzanne Allen, MD; Vice-Dean
University of Washington WWAMI Program
Boise, Idaho

Suzanne Adams, MD, MPH, University of Washington’s Vice-Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, has been named the 24th Charles E. Odegaard Lecturer at the 28th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access.

The Lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12th at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

At the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM), Suzanne Allen works broadly across academic affairs and regional affairs to enhance the excellence of medical education for the UWSOM and the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region.

WWAMI started in 1971 and is accredited through the University of Washington School of Medicine and provides publically supported medical education for citizens of the participating states.  WWAMI students complete the classroom phase of the curriculum in their home state and then their required and elective clinical rotations may be completed at locations across the five-state region.

In addition to serving as the Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, Dr. Allen holds a Clinical Professor faculty position within the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Allen is an attending physician at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho and an active physician in the Department of Family Medicine at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and Saint Luke’s Medical Center located in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Allen is committed to medical education and rural healthcare.