First Cohort of Primary Care Transformation Fellowship Finishes Program

The first cohort of fellows in the Duke Primary Care Transformation Fellowship have wrapped up their time in the program. The fellows participated in the program from July 2019 to June 2021 and took courses from Duke University School of Medicine’s MHS in Clinical Leadership, participated in QI training, seminar series, small group discussions, and worked with a mentor on a transformation project.

Program Director Gregory Sawin, M.D., MPH, vice chair for education and faculty development, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, said of the fellowship: “The Duke Primary Care Transformation Fellowship had taken off like a shot and is an inspiring success. Leveraging the extensive expertise in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, we built a program that in its short tenure has already shown it can foster the growth of our next generation of clinical leaders, and drive meaningful change through fellows coached practice transformation projects that address some of the most pressing problems we face in on the front lines of primary care delivery at Duke.”

Graduating fellows presented their final projects to a panel of Duke faculty last month. Their projects included:

  • Improving Diabetes Care, Diane Davis, PA-C, Division of Community Health, Lyon Park Clinic
  • Walk-In Wellness, Ashley Voss, PA-C, Duke Urgent Care
  • Improving Digital Communication in the Electronic Health Record at Duke Family Medicine, Maribeth Kuntz, PA-C, Duke Family Medicine Center
  • Screening High-Risk Disease Populations to Identify Patients that would Benefit from Mental Health Collaborative Care, Brian Shaner, MD, Duke Primary Care Croasdaile
  • Team-Based Care at Lincoln Community Health Center, Joshua Lancaster, MD, Lincoln Community Health Center
  • Evolving the Duke Outpatient Care Population Health Complex Care Model, Alex Cho, MD, Duke Outpatient Clinic
  • Provider Retention though the Creation of an Onboarding Program, Carson Close, PA-C, Rural Health Group