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The Department of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has a Division of Research, which is devoted

Brown Family Medicine Department News
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Mom's Approve of Patient Centered Experience

Birthing CenterMemorial Hospital's Birthing Center has been offering a "gentle cesarean" program for the past two years; a program which promotes a calm environment for the newborn infant and a bonding opportunity for mother and child.  Dr. Susanna Magee confirms that research finds that practicing the gentle cesarean process decreases instances of postpartum depression and increases breastfeeding rates.  NBC 10's Barbara Morse Silva reports that the Memorial Hospital Birthing Center "is the 1st and only hospital in the area" practicing the gentle cesarean procedure.

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It's just been a few weeks since Esma was born.

Her mother, Jennifer Alrahbi, had her husband and her doula -- a non-medical labor companion -- by her side when she had her medically necessary cesarean birth. "Opposed to it being a surgery. It was a birth," Alrahbi said.

That's because Alrahbi had what's called a gentle cesarean section.  Doula Jessica Fuss described a typical cesarean birth. "They're taken out of their mom. They're put under bright glaring lights flat on their backs when they've been nice and curved in the womb for so long -- flailing their arms around, totally out of control," Fuss said.

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FAMILY MEDICINE SIM CENTER OPENS: In an effort to provide the most advanced

medical training for primary care residents, the Memorial Hospital/Brown Family Medicine Residency Program unveiled the new Center for Clinical Skills Training in their Family Care Center on October 19th. Family Medicine faculty and residents demonstrated the hospital’s new high tech teaching simulators, which will be used for training in various settings including emergency, OB/GYN and pediatric care. Funds for the equipment were provided by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to fund innovative primary care/family medicine residency training, as part of the federal government’s initiative to strengthen and grow the primary care workforce.

Local Media coverage of the event included:
NBC 10 Health Check

Pawtucket Times

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Family Medicine Goes to Washington

Representatives from the Family Medicine department were among 175 Family Medicine physicians, residents and medical students in Washington DC on May 11 and 12 FM in DCsmall.jpgmaking their voices heard. Jeff Borkan, MD, PhD, accompanied by Liz Brown, MD, and Jonathan Mendelsohn, MD – both first-year Family Medicine residents – participated in the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Congressional Conference.

Designed to educate and train family doctors on legislative priority issues and lobbying on Capitol Hill, the two-day conference included sessions on physician payment, the future of the primary care physician workforce and innovative programs in the new law health reform law. The MHRI contingent was then able to put what their new lobbying skills to use during face-to-face meetings with both Rhode Island Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed and their health policy staff.

The AAFP is an organization of 100,300 family physicians and medical students with programs in federal, state and grassroots advocacy as well as a research/policy arm called the Robert Graham Center.


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Moving the Medical Home Forward:

The Family Care Center was recently featured in the AAMC report on academic practices that have successfully incorporated the Patient Centered Medical Home model of care into their delivery systems.  Please click here to read the report.


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Alternative Medicine

Read about Brown Family Medicine's Center for Integrative Medicine
and the developing role of CAM - Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.


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