Perry Pugno, MD to Lead Discussion on Medical Student Career Interest in Primary Care Careers at 27th National Conference

Perry A. Pugno, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President Emeritus, American Academy of Family Physicians; Leawood, Kansas
Perry A. Pugno, MD, MPH, Vice President Emeritus, American Academy of Family Physicians; Leawood, Kansas

The 27th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access will be held April 4 through 7, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i.

Among the subjects to be addressed as part of this 27th National Conference Theme “What Happens Next” will be student interest in primary care medicine and primary care medical education, especially the innovations in practice that have been embraced by the specialty of family medicine over the past decades.

Doctor Perry A. Pugno, who until last year held the position of Vice President for Education within the American Academy of Family Physicians, will present the lead off theme discussion.

Dr Pugno observes: “While our family medicine residency programs struggle with new curriculum requirements, data collection demands, and escalating financial challenges, many program directors have been reporting increasing applicant numbers and “quality” for nearly a decade.

” other trends in student interest and residency education are impacting our training programs?  And, in light of those trends, why have the number of US senior matches remained essentially flat?

“A review of trends in family medicine education will provide participants the opportunity to consider some possible answers to those questions and perhaps reveal some potential strategies to favorably impact those trends.”