Consensus on reporting PC research

Sturgiss EA, Prathivadi P, Phillips WR, et al. Key items for reports of primary care research: an international Delphi study. BMJ Open 2022;12:e066564. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2022-066564

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FPs are the leaders we need – in French

Phillips WR, Herbert CP. Pourquoi les médecins de famille sont-ils les leaders dont nous avons besoin dans les soins de santé? Can Fam Physician. 2022 Nov;68(11):801-802.  doi: 10.46747/cfp.6811801.

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Suffering – Meaning – Medical Education

Suffering can mean different things to different people. What does it mean to students learning to be healers? Our research at the University of Washington and Penn State University shows that medical students report too little teaching on the identification and management of healing. Furthermore, they emphasize the suffering they experience throughout the rigors of their medical training.

Egnew TR, Lewis PR, Myers KR, Phillips WR. Medical student perceptions of their education aout suffering. Family Medicine. 2017; 49(6):423-429. PMID: 28633167.

Egnew TR, Lewis PR, Meyers KR, Phillips WR. The Suffering medical students attribute to their undergraduate medical education. Family Medicine. 2018; 50(4):296-299. DOI: 10.22454/FamMed.2018.116755.

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How do family doctors succeed as leaders in large institutions?

The early pioneers of the rebirth of Family Medicine in the US and Canada moved from their small-town practices to become department chairs, residency program directors, medical school deans, and executives in large healthcare systems. What is it about the lived experience of the family doctor that prepares them for such challenges? Can leaders with such strong connections to patients and communities help medicine find its way out of the current chaos?

See our new article:
Phillips WR, Herbert CP. What makes family doctors the leaders we need in health care? Can Fam Physician. 2022 Nov;68(11):801-802.  Doi: 10.46747/cfp.6811801.

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PA – “Provider” or Professional?

The term “provider “is a cynical corporate strategy to divide and conquer professionals and patients.
We should all – across professions – insist on being called clinicians or professionals, with our own hard-earned credentials recognized.

See this new essay in the Physician Assistant Journal – JAAPA.

Phillips WR. PA Provider or professional? JAAPA: December 2022 – Volume 35 – Issue 12 – p 8

Doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000892744.97285.d3

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UW Interprofessional Primary Care Course – final reports

I want to bring you up to date with the evaluation of our Interprofessional Primary Care Course at the University of Washington.* Our final report just came out, showing long-term success in changing primary care knowledge, attitudes, and career plans across health professions, including dentistry, medicine, nursing, nurse practitioners, pharmacy, physician assistants, social work, and public health. 

This new study follows students over five years and documents long-term, sustained increases in learners entering careers in primary care, direct PC patient care, and service to vulnerable communities. A parallel controlled study backs up these results.

Phillips WR, Keys T. Interprofessional Primary Care Course Impact on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Careers. Fam Med. 2022;54(9):722-728.

I’m also including a report on one key component of the course, life-changing visits to observe practicing a family doctor taking care of real patients with real problems.

Phillips WR, Fitch JG, Keys T. Practice observation visit for interprofessional training in primary care. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice 2022;29: 100558. doi: 10.1016/j.xjep.2022.100558.

*Our initial description and evaluation of the UW interprofessional primary care course:

Phillips WR, Keyes T. Interprofessional Primary Care Course Curriculum and Evaluation. Family Medicine. 2018;50(3):217-22. doi: 10.22454/FamMed.2018.998057.

Thanks for your interest.

Please share with your co-authors and colleagues.

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Interprofessional Primary Care Course Changes  Knowledge, Attitudes, Career Choices Across Health Professions

Our University of Washington Interprofessional Primary Care Course is linked to lasting impacts on knowledge, attitudes, and career choices for learners in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, social work, and public health. This 5-year study shows these effects have long lasting impacts on professionals, patients, and teams.

Phillips WR, Keys T. Interprofessional primary care course impact on knowledge, attitudes, and careers. Family Medicine. 2022;54(9):722-728.  doi: 10.22454/FamMed.2022.167204

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Seeing a Family Physician Care for Patients Changes Health Professional Careers

Observation of family physicians in practice – for just a half-day – led to career-changing revelations for students in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, social work, and public health.

Never underestimate the impact of real experience with real clinicians taking care of real problems in real patients.

Phillips WR, Fitch JG, Keys T. Practice observation visit for interprofessional training in primary care. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. 2022;29 (December 2022): 100558. doi: 10.1016/j.xjep.2022.100558

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Writer’s block is not the only barrier to getting your academic writing into print.

Phillips WR. Publicatus Interruptus: An Endemic Syndrome Disabling Research and Researchers. J GEN INTERN MED03 January 2022

Published with @SpringerNature in @JournalGIM. Read at

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New report from CRISP

Consensus Reporting Items for Studies in Primary Care – our international team developing new guidance to help improve the reporting of PC research.

Phillips WR, Louden DN, Sturgiss E. Mapping the literature on primary care research reporting: a scoping review. Family Practice, 2021, 1–14. 


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