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Date: Dec 16, 2015

School of Medicine Teams Up to Improve Primary Care Training Nationwide

The North Shore-LIJ Health System (soon to be Northwell Health) and Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine (soon to be Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine) are among nine institutions chosen to participate in an exciting new national professional development program: Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign (PACER).

The goal of the three-year PACER program is to help build inter-professional faculty teams equipped to transform their clinical practices and educational programs to prepare trainees to work together in high-performing, patient-centered medical homes. The nine selectees have assembled outstanding teams of faculty from the three primary care disciplines in medicine as well as nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, behavioral health, and other professional training programs.

“It is about learning to communicate, sharing information, and partnering with healthcare providers of all levels and settings to ensure best practices, patient satisfaction and safety,” said Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MD, MPH, professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and principal investigator for the Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program funded by HRSA (The Health Resources and Services Administration)

Alongside Dr. Conigliaro, School of Medicine faculty members involved in the PACER initiative include: Alice Fornari, EdD, RD, professor, science education, occupational medicine, epidemiology and prevention, and associate dean, educational skills development; Barbara Keber, MD, FAAFP, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine; Minu George, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Lauren Block, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine and science education; Karen Friedmann, MD and Nancy Lavine, MD, both assistant professors of medicine.

The PACER teams will attend training sessions and work closely with expert coaches to implement new models of inter-professional training in their primary care practices. Ultimately, PACER will create a sustainable model of faculty development that evolves over time, including the opportunity for these select teams to collaborate with other primary care residencies in their region. Together, these nine organizations from across the country form a powerful learning community of educators.

PACER is funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation with matching funding from the Boards of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The project is implemented and evaluated by educational researchers in the department of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.

For more information about PACER, please visit