Laurel Case Lecturer offers insight, provides Department of medicine with road map

Robert-Phillips-MDRobert "Bob" Phillips, M.D., visiting professor for the Third Annual Laurel Case Lecture, offered OHSU and the Department of Family Medicine a road map for the future which included financial reform, accountability and focus on community health.

A national expert on health policy and health services research, Phillips has done extensive research using Geographic Information Systems to study patterns of care. Phillips presented his lecture, "As the Community Goes, We Go: Aligning Health Professions Education with Mission and Being Accountable" on Jan. 8, 2014 in the OHSU Old Library Auditorium.

In his introduction of Dr. Phillips, John Saultz, M.D., chair of the Department of Family Medicine, described Dr. Phillips as being "at the forefront of looking at how maintenance of certification and career-long tracking of physician performance can be used in evaluating educational outcomes for medical schools and residency programs."

Dr. Phillips began by highlighting the strengths and success of OHSU and Family Medicine.Historically, 18 percent of OHSU's graduates go into family medicine and half of them stay in Oregon.

"From 2000 to 2006 … primary care production and family medicine production was actually higher than it has been in your whole history," Dr. Phillips said. "That's almost unheard of. Over the last 10 years, primary care production has dropped about 20-25%."