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Center for Education

The Center for Education serves as Atrius Health’s headquarters for education, coordinating a broad range of instructional programs and supporting the clinicians who teach in them. The Center oversees an array of courses and rotations for fellows, residents, medical students, nursing students, APCs as well as students of pharmacology, physical therapy, and others.

Educating the next generation of clinicians has been a central component of Atrius Health’s mission since its inception.  For clinicians who are interested in either beginning or continuing as an educator, the Center for Education offer diverse opportunities and support.

There are opportunities for ongoing, longitudinal teaching in your clinical setting in courses we lead for both Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine, as well as opportunities to present lectures, lead workshops, or contribute to bedside teaching at our affiliated hospitals.  Atrius Health aspires to allow those who teach the time to do so well and has created a system to make sure that all clinicians who teach have adequate time during their schedules.

The Center for Education places a special emphasis on the personal growth of all our healthcare professionals. Programs and initiatives include a robust and growing set of clinical conferences, webinars and symposia, available to all clinicians. The Center also coordinates faculty appointments for clinicians at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine. Senior faculty are available to mentor clinicians in the educational work and career.

In all the work we do, the Center supports the broader strategic goals of Atrius Health including our primary care focus, team-based treatment philosophy, efficient utilization of resources, thoughtful external partnerships, innovative technology and our foundational dedication to a positive experience for our patients.

Atrius Health has partnered with the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital to host a Residency Program in Primary Care and Population Health for over 30 years.  The Residency Program has a unique structure; residents who match into it complete their inpatient training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and join Atrius Health practices – under the supervision of a physician “preceptor” – to learn outpatient care.  The Program is highly competitive, and its graduates have achieved diverse national leadership roles in education, innovation, and public service including Surgeon General of the United States, Vivek Murthy, MD.

Dr. Amy Ship serves as the Director of Medical Education at Atrius Health.  In this role, she oversees the education of both the Residency Program in Primary Care and Population Health (this should be a hyperlink to the Program’s website), and from the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston. Dr. Ship also supports education across all Atrius practices, mentoring those who teach, supervising the teaching programs offered to clinicians, and coordinating academic faculty appointments. Dr. Karen Wood is the Assistant Director of Medical Education and oversees the education of medical students from Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine in seven courses, in internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology. Dr. Sarah Post coordinates the monthly education conference series, and curates the Optum Health educational offerings for Atrius Health clinicians.

Meet Some of Our Clinician Educators

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

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 to lead the Center for Education. In addition to facilitating all academic programs at Atrius Health, I am proud Direct 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. I also enjoy collaborating with clinicians at Atrius Health, across specialties and disciplines, and teaching residents, students, advance practice clinicians, and physicians.

Teaching enhances my clinical work, connects me with learners, and informs my oversight of all our educational efforts. I’m excited to expand the opportunities Atrius Health offers to all clinicians to become engaged in teaching students, trainees and fellows.

Sarah Post, MD

I completed my residency training in Braintree in Atrius Health’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital Primary Care Program and joined the 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 knew that patients receive outstanding, team-based care here, and the access to specialists and other services right in the building or nearby is invaluable.

I am interested in both clinical teaching and educational program development, so was pleased to learn that Atrius Health, though not a classic “academic medical center,” supports teaching of learners at all levels and in a wide variety of professional specialties. In my role in the Center for Education, 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 serve as a preceptor for a resident from the very program from which I graduated. 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 unique to the Atrius Health system, and I cannot imagine engaging in as much teaching as I do without it.


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