“Learning from Yellowstone”: Commencement Address to Philadelphia University Physician Assistants Graduating Class
As a parent and a faculty member at Thomas Jefferson University for the past 26 years (including 8 as Dean of our College of Population Health), I have been to more than my share of commencement exercises. Fortunately, I really like going to commencement. As a result, I was honored to be invited to address the 2016 graduating class of physician assistants from Philadelphia University, especially now that our 2 great centers of learning will be merging over the next 3 years.
In ongoing work associated with the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH), I am engaged with a score of public and private sector organizations that are seeking to further define our field and to shape its future direction. I could not help but notice that in the past few weeks alone, in terms of consolidation, we have been at the “eye of the storm.” Allow me to share some specific examples of market consolidation, and then to offer some prognostication regarding the future.
For more than 2 years, I have had the privilege of participating in a very important national task force that is sponsored by the National Quality Forum (NQF) in Washington, DC. The task force is charged with giving input on a critical national priority, namely, improving population health by working with communities.
“I’m guessing that, like me, most of our readers have not heard the term ‘hassle map,’” says Dr Nash in this editorial. He reviews a recent white paper titled, “The Marketplace Revolution: Shattering the Foundation of the $3 Trillion Sick-Care Marketplace,” authored by Tom Main and Adrian Slywotzky.
ICER is a Boston-based independent nonprofit organization that seeks to improve healthcare value by providing comprehensive clinical and cost-effectiveness analyses of treatments, tests, and procedures. The organization represents perhaps the first major US attempt to complete and publicly share comprehensive health technology assessments.
Within weeks of graduating from medical school in July 1981, my physician wife and I moved to Philadelphia to begin our internships. Philadelphia seemed a world away from suburban Long Island, New York, where I grew up, but it has been my home for most of my professional life.
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