Physicians-in-training gather to examine future of primary care

Three-day conference at the UT Health Science Center runs Oct. 19-21

WHAT:  “Empowering Future Physicians Conference,” hosted by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at the School of Medicine of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The United States is facing a shortage of up to 150,000 physicians in the next 15 years, and primary care is particularly hard hit. This conference will feature leaders in primary care training, practice and policy, who will share their insights with physicians-in-training.

WHEN:   9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

WHERE: Holly Auditorium and various locations in the Medical School Building, UT Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio.

WHO:   A full conference schedule is here: Highlights include:

    • 9 to 10:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, Holly Auditorium: Opening remarks from Francisco González-Scarano, dean of the School of Medicine, UT Health Science Center. He will be followed by Andrew Morris-Singer, M.D., president and principal founder of Primary Care Progress.
    • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Holly Auditorium: “Primary Care: Central to Saving the U.S. Health Care System” with Barbara J. Turner, M.D., M.S.Ed., M.A., M.A.C.P., professor of medicine at the UT Health Science Center and director of the REsearch to Advance Community Health (REACH) Center.
    • 1:45 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, Holly Auditorium: “The Dimensions and Dynamic of Primary Care in the Future” with James Holly, M.D., chief executive officer of Southeast Texas Medical Associates and an adjunct professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the UT Health Science Center.

NOTES: Conference organizers, including third-year medical student Jerry Abraham, M.P.H., can assist reporters on site.


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