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.