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Center for Education

The Center for Education designs, coordinates and supports a broad range of instructional programs throughout Atrius Health. The Center serves as a headquarters for the conceptualization and implementation of multiple courses, rotations, lectures and webinars, all of which foster the organization’s academic mission. The Center also supports the broader strategic goals of Atrius Health, through our primary care foundation focus, team-based treatment philosophy, efficient utilization of resources, thoughtful external partnerships, innovative technology and an underlying dedication to a positive experience for our patients.

The Center for Education places a special emphasis on the personal growth of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Programs and initiatives include academic mentoring, clinical coaching, improved work-life balance, facilitated continuing education accreditation, and a diverse range of opportunities for teaching.

Meet Some of Our Clinician Educators

Sarah Post, MD

As a resident, my continuity clinic was at Harvard Vanguard Braintree practice, and after my training was completed, I joined the Harvard Vanguard Kenmore practice in 2016. The Atrius Health system was so appealing to me as a place to grow as a primary care physician. Based on my experience, I already knew that patients receive very good, team-based care here, and the access to specialists and other services right in the building or nearby is invaluable.

My interests were in both clinical teaching and educational program development, and I was pleased to learn that Atrius Health, though not a classic “academic medical center,” supports teaching of many learners at all levels and in a wide variety of professional specialties. In my role at the Academic Institute, I’ve had a chance to develop programs that support our many faculty and the space to experiment with innovative approaches to medical education in the ambulatory setting.

Finally, I’ve welcomed both first- and second-year medical students into my practice and also serve as a co-preceptor for a resident training in the very program I graduated from. I love having my students or residents around to learn about primary care (and to keep my skills sharp!). Atrius Health is very supportive of teaching, and the logistics of integrating these learners into my day-to-day schedule have been easy. Atrius Health clinicians are very lucky to have reduced productivity expectations during teaching sessions—meaning I have adequate time and space to really engage with my learners. This is absolutely unique to the Atrius Health system and I cannot imagine engaging in as much teaching as I do without it.

Amy N. Ship, MA, MD, FACP
Associate Director of Medical Education
Director of the Primary Care Residency Program

After training and working as a primary care doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for 23 years, I joined Atrius Health in 2017. My academic work has been entirely focused on medical education, so I was excited to join the Atrius Health Academic Institute. Within the Academic Institute, I serve as the Associate Director of Medical Education and as the Director of the Primary Care Residency Program which Atrius Health co-sponsors with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Institute.

In addition to overseeing the education of residents at Atrius Health, I am privileged to serve as a preceptor for 2 residents in our program. Teaching enhances my clinical work, connects me with the younger generation, and informs my oversight of the residents’ overall education. I’m excited to expand the opportunities Atrius Health offers to all clinicians to become engaged in teaching students, trainees and fellows.


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