Should Family Medicine Educators Be Expected to Do Research? Point-Counterpoint Debate

05-21-2018 16:28

Many family medicine departments have limited resources and mentorship to support robust scholarly activity.  Family medicine educators often cite limited time to engage in meaningful research.  However, many institutions require research as part of advancement or as an expectation from the department. In this session, the question of whether family medicine educators should be expected to do research will be debated in a moderated Point- Counterpoint format.  Audience participation is highly encouraged.  The aim of the session is to have an open and constructive discussion that highlights the benefits and downfalls of this “elephant in the room” issue.

Dr Borkan  is a primary care educator, researcher, clinician, and advocate whose career has bridged two fields (family medicine and medical anthropology), both in the United States and abroad. He joined the Department of Family Medicine at Brown University as professor and chair in 2001, after having been the vice-chair of Behavioral Science at Tel Aviv University, and the coordinator of a national Family Medicine Practice Based Research Network. He received his BA from the University of Michigan and his MD and PhD at Case Western Reserve University.  He completed family medicine residency at the University of Washington and was a fellow in Social Medicine at Harvard.  At Brown, Dr. Borkan has worked with a broad coalition to spearhead the growth and development of the Department of Family Medicine, the sole family medicine department in the State (and the site of training for two-thirds of the family physicians in Rhode Island). His research interests include medical education, health policy, and primary care—using qualitative and mixed methods techniques. He has been active in Rhode Island and national health care policy, including chairing the Rhode Island Primary Care Physician Advisory Board, serving as president and chair of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, and the Council of Academic Family Medicine. Dr Borkan was appointed as assistant dean for the Primary Care- Population Medicine program starting in the 2013 academic year. 

Dr Schneider is currently chairman of the department of Family and Community Medicine the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Before joining UT, he was chair of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. Prior to Saint Louis University, he was on the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he served as director of medical student education, residency program director, and vice chairman.  He has served as chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Public Health, and president of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.  He has worked nationally to strengthen health professions education on violence and abuse as the founding president of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, and was chair of the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse. His research interests have focused on medical education and the health effects of violence and victimization, and the use of opioids in chronic non-malignant pain.   

Author(s):Jeffrey M. Borkan, MD, PhD; David Schneider, MD, MSPH
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