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Atrius Health Primary Care Professional Development Program

The Primary Care Professional Development Program (PDP) is a two-year experiential learning opportunity for Internal Medicine and Family Medicine physicians. Participants dedicate 2 non-clinical sessions to hands-on learning and training aimed at advancing key initiative projects. The program adds scientific rigor and training to physician-led projects through implementation science training, group learning activities with other PDP Clinicians & informational meetings with Atrius Health Leadership.  All projects are co-sponsored by Atrius Health leadership and are intended to advance key organizational initiatives.  Support is provided to generate peer-reviewed manuscripts or conference submissions related to PDP projects.  This program is available to two to three physicians each calendar year.

Program Structure

Program length: Two years

Physician time breakdown:

  • Two dedicated administrative sessions for PDP-related trainings and project work
  • Six clinical sessions

Program Elements & Timeline

  • Structured training:
    • 10 week Implementation Science Training course
  • Elective Training:
    • IHI Open School
    • Lean Six Sigma Training
    • Epic courses
    • IDEO course
  • Participation in Atrius Health leadership meetings
  • Navigating a value-based care organization lecture series
  • PDP Journal club
  • Physician-led project work
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Project presentations to leadership

PDP projects will align with IM/FM and organizational strategic priorities, including but not limited to:

  • Enhancing Primary Care Physician job feasibility
  • Advancing key quality initiatives
  • Optimizing medical management
  • Implementing targeted patient safety initiatives
  • In Basket monitoring and optimization

Program Leadership


John Zambrano, MD, MPH
Medical Director of Clinical Research, Quality & Safety

Chris Andreoli, MD
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Transformation Officer

Jane Fogg, MD, MPH
Executive Chair, IM/FM

Kelsey Harrington, MHA
Project Manager, Quality & Safety

Tom Isaac, MD, MBA, MPH
Executive Medical Director, Quality & Safety

Rodney VanDerwarker, MPH
VP, Primary Care

Jenny Czajkowski, MS
Sr. Director, Population Health Services, Quality and Safety

Application & Selection Process

Visit the Physician Career Opportunities page for Primary Care Professional Development Program postings. PDP application materials will be considered with your clinical application.

Please note: PDP openings are limited. Please reach out to PDP@atriushealth.org with any questions.

Applicants should provide the following materials:

  1. CV/resume
  2. Letter of intent including responses to the following questions:
    1. Please describe your experience with quality improvement and Implementation Science methods.
    2. Describe your specific experience in any of the organizational strategic priorities as referenced above.

To apply, please submit your CV and letter of intent to www.atriushealthproviders.org. Questions can be directed to PDP@atriushealth.org.

Primary Care Professional Development Program Alumni

Anne McCaffrey, MD
2021-2022

Project Work Included:

Maximizing Provider Engagement in Value Based Care

  • Utilized Implementation Science principals to investigate risk adjustment needs and develop plan for improvement.  This included working closely with current team promoting Risk Adjustment including personnel in billing, population health, and IT to determine current state of Risk Adjustment.  Developed a survey of clinicians
  • Provided clinical perspective for data ingestion and evaluation.
  • Developed and led a peer-to-peer education program to address provider engagement gaps
  • Presented to Atrius Health leadership and peers at the 2021 Academic Institute Poster Symposium
  • Became a clinician leader and mentor for improved Risk Adjustment
  • Produced and delimitate education programs on Risk adjustment

Anita Rao, MD
2021-2022

Project Work Included:

Designing a Multi-Level Strategy to Enhance Secondary Prevention of Heart Disease in a Large Multi-Practice Ambulatory Care Organization

  • Standardized practice guidelines on coronary artery calcification (CAC)
  • Utilized Implementation Science training for multi-level framework implementation
  • Presented to Atrius Health leadership and peers at the 2021 Academic Institute Poster Symposium
  • Abstract accepted to the Society for General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting 2022 – Innovation and Healthcare Delivery
  • Developed a manuscript on practice guideline standardization and implementation of coronary artery calcification

Supported a collaborative effort to optimize MyHealth message workflows

Improved Addiction Care at Atrius Health

  • Conducted semi-structured interviews with suboxone prescribers across Atrius
  • Developed buprenorphine treatment guidelines
  • Collaborated with multiple stakeholders to design pilot on oral fluid drug screening
  • Collaborated with multiple stakeholders to improve suboxone refill process
  • Lead monthly suboxone shared medical appointment (SMA)

Karen Tenner, MD
2021-2022

Project Work Included:

Designing a Multi-Level Strategy to Enhance Secondary Prevention of Heart Disease in a Large Multi-Practice Ambulatory Care Organization

  • Standardized practice guidelines on coronary artery calcification (CAC)
  • Utilized Implementation Science training for multi-level framework implementation
  • Presented to Atrius Health leadership and peers at the 2021 Academic Institute Poster Symposium
  • Abstract accepted to the Society for General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting 2022 – Innovation and Healthcare Delivery
  • Developed a manuscript on practice guideline standardization and implementation of coronary artery calcification

Developed a dashboard tool for reporting and identification of In Basket best practices

  • Updated provider In Basket data

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