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University of Pittsburgh to Co-Host Northeast Regional Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Meeting


With health care reform in the national spotlight, family medicine specialists from throughout the northeast will gather here from Oct. 18-21 to discuss ideas for redesigning the nation’s health care system.

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Family Medicine will co-host a four-day interactive conference for medical students, residents, family practice faculty and office-based family physicians. The 2007 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) northeast regional conference titled “Intelligent Re-design: Changing Health Care for a Changing World,” will serve a 13-state region that includes an area from Ohio to Maine to Washington, D.C., Maryland and West Virginia. The meeting provides a forum for participants to share information about educational, clinical, policy and research issues affecting primary health care.

More than 200 presentations will address an array of issues including health care reform, end-of-life and palliative care, integrating mental health and primary care services, creating a culture of quality improvement in family medicine residency programs, medical homes for people with intellectual and other cognitive disabilities, and primary care and global health in the developing world.

“Conference attendees will see how family physicians are exerting leadership roles in health care reform, the integration of mental and behavioral health into primary care, and the promotion of medical student interest in the patient-centered delivery of primary care health services,” said Charles W. Mackett III, M.D., chairman of the 2007 STFM host committee and executive vice chair of the department of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The conference is supported by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and other members of the Family Medicine Education Consortium, a not-for-profit corporation that encourages and supports the collaboration of family medicine residency programs and departments of family medicine in the United States. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit


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