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Dean of Quinnipiac University's New Medical School Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee on Successful Primary Care Programs
Date:4/24/2013

WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) April 24, 2013

Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, testified Tuesday before the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging on Successful Primary Care Programs: Creating the Workforce We Need.

Koeppen was invited by Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders and Ranking Member Sen. Richard Burr to testify about the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, which admits its first class of 60 in August and was created with the mission to train primary care physicians, foster collaborative, team-based care and serve as a national model of interprofessional health professions education. It will eventually be the largest medical school in Connecticut. Koeppen testified about the growing shortage of primary care physicians, and efforts to restructure the health care system to provide high quality, cost-effective and patient-centered care and successfully create the primary care workforce this country so desperately needs.

“Instituting major reforms in primary care and enabling people to see a doctor when they need one will save lives, ease suffering and allow our nation to save billions in health care costs,” Sanders said. “Medical schools are the training ground for the next generation of physicians, and schools must make a strong commitment to promote primary care at a time when the incentives drive the majority of students to choose a specialty. Schools such as Quinnipiac that find innovative ways to prioritize primary care will serve as leaders in developing the w
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