By Farhad Modarai, DO

In many ways, the business world knows more about our patients than we do as health care providers. Businesses know what kind of food their customers buy, how often they fill their prescriptions, their spending patterns, and can often even predict what they will need based on analyzing this data.

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By Sharon Hull, M.D., MPH

So many of us in primary care now work at the juncture of individual, one-on-one patient care and the care of populations and communities that we are acutely aware of the very real issues that happen along that interface. News headlines from the past few months offer an example that many of us must address each day we are in clinic.

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By Sharon Hull, M.D., MPH

Most of you know that the Duke Family Medicine Center is part of Duke’s Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC). This organization is home to the “practice plan” for Duke faculty clinicians. The PDC has recently named new leadership, and that leadership has set out to complete a strategic planning process across the entire PDC. Each clinical department has been asked to participate in that process, and Community and Family Medicine has done so.

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By Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP

It was with significant satisfaction that I read the new position paper by the American Academy of Family Physicians “Integration of Primary Care and Public Health,” a call to action, published on December 18.

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a monthly series of guest blog posts by Duke Family Medicine residents.

By Jonathan Bonnet, M.D., and Farhad Modarai, DO

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine National Conference was held Oct. 19-22 in sunny San Diego, Calif., and we had the opportunity to attend; it did not disappoint.

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