Day in the Life: My Visit With OHSU and STFM’s President-Elect

Stacy Brungardt, CAE STFM Executive Director

Stacy Brungardt,
STFM Executive Director

Most of you will not have the opportunity to serve on the staff of an amazing nonprofit organization like STFM. This is the first of a new blog series that will highlight some behind-the-scenes work at our staff offices and with our members to transform health care through education.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

10:35 am PT
Hello Portland, Oregon! Picked up by STFM President-Elect John Saultz, MD, at the airport. (Pretty nice to have the incoming president meet me at the airport!) Great lunch at Mother’s—I highly recommend the pulled pork sandwich and homemade rolls. A brief Oregon Health and Sciences University tour set the tone for good conversations throughout the day. This visit had dual purposes: for John and me to discuss our STFM work for the upcoming year and for me to see and hear some of the amazing work going on in the Oregon family medicine department.

1–3 pm       
Met with John. This is where John and I began the first of several conversations about how we’re going to work together to move the strategic plan forward using his specific talents and interest. Getting a glimpse of members’ offices is a side benefit that shares insight into a person’s personality.

3–4 pm    
Met with first-year family medicine residents. This was a treat. I meet a lot of faculty but don’t get to interact with residents very often. This group of bright doctors was willing to share their thoughts about teaching and how they see themselves (or don’t) in this role. Thank you for your time and candor.

4–4:15 pm 
Surprise visit with second-year resident Laurel Witt, MD. I coached Laurel when she played for Power Angle Juniors, her high school volleyball club team. What a pleasure to reconnect after all these years. I’m still proud to have been a part of her life.

4:15–6 pm  
More conversations with John.

6–7:30 pm     
Attended FMIG Meeting. The format was a Meet the Docs Dinner. Twelve family physicians shared their personal stories about why they went into family medicine and why they’ve stayed. I can’t think of a more powerful message than having an A team group of physicians share their sincere passion for family medicine.

8–9 pm   
Back to the River’s Edge Hotel to catch up on email.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

6:30 am
No sleeping in with this group! Thank you, Laurie Charron, FM department administrator, who kindly picked me up at the hotel to bring me to the OHSU Emma Jones Hall.

7–8 am        
Attended clerkship lecture with John Saultz as the lecturer. How great to see your future president teaching third-year students about the principle of comprehensiveness.

8–9 am  
Met with the MedEdNet team: Pat Eiff MD, Patty Carney, PhD, Elaine Waller, P4 Project Coordinator, and John. We had a good conversation about what this educational PBRN is working on, their vision for the future, and areas for potential collaboration.

9–10 am  
Met with Scott Fields, MD, vice chair, family medicine. I work so closely with the presidents that I feel a sense of loss when they leave the position. This was a great opportunity to reconnect with Scott, but I’m glad I’ll see him and his wife, Vicki, in Baltimore because the hour went too quickly.

10–11:45 am         
Met with Bill Toffler, MD, director, Medical Student Education; Fran Biagioli, MD, associate director, Medical Student Education; Peggy O’Neill, Community Outreach Coordinator; Lisa Dodson, MD, director AHEC; and Ryan Palmer, MFA, EdD, director of Curriculum Evaluation and Development. I appreciated all the insights on effective strategies for reaching preceptors. Even better, Ryan offered his services to help us investigate mobile apps for the TeachingPhysician and the development of online communities. A willing recruit to an STFM leadership role—love it!

Noon–1 pm   
Attended the Family Medicine State of the Department Presentation by John. I lucked into coming to OHSU during the time when John was giving his annual state of the department address to all 99 family medicine faculty and staff. Things are looking good in Oregon!

1:15 pm     
Rode the tram to the Center for Health & Healing Clinic at South Waterfront. I don’t get to do this every day.

1:30–2:15 pm 
Met with Christy Ward, practice manager for the Waterfront Clinic. Saw first-hand how OHSU uses reports from registries to improve patient care. They publicly post every physician’s weekly report on a determined set of measures so this can be a topic of ongoing dialogue among the staff.

2:30–3:15 pm    
Visited with Megan McGhean, practice manager of the Richmond Clinic. This residency has successfully integrated mental health into a residency program that takes care of some of the most vulnerable patients in the community. The clinic was providing free coats to families in need while I was there.

3:30–5 pm  
Met with Abby Sears, CEO at OCHIN. OCHIN is one of the nation’s largest health information networks and uses health IT to improve the integration and delivery of health care services across a wide variety of practices, with an emphasis on safety net clinics and small practices.

5:30 pm  
More conversations with John over a nice glass of Oregon wine and hazelnuts.

6–8 pm 
Dinner with John, Pat Eiff, Roger Garvin, MD, residency program director, and Patty Carney at Higgins Restaurant. Sturgeon and roasted brussel sprouts—oh my, yummy.

8:15–9:15 pm    
100 email calling. Sigh.


Friday, March 8, 2013

7–8 am     
More email.

8:30 am       
Laurie Charron picked me up again at the hotel. Thanks for sharing your stories of your family and how you successfully raised three girls.

9–10 am   
Met with Roger Garvin; Johanna Warren, MD, FMIS medical director; Jessica Flynn, MD, associate residency director; Daisuke Yamashita, MD, medical director CHH; and John. They gave me their reaction to the significant changes in GME, and lots of good insight on outreach to residency faculty, and the Conference on Practice Improvement.

10–11 am       
After 17 meetings and conversations with more than 40 faculty and staff, I met with John for one final conversation. Special thanks to Faye Kramer for her work to coordinate my schedule and meetings. I also thank John for devoting such a significant amount of time to this visit.

10:40 pm CST 
Arrived home to welcoming dogs and sleeping family.

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