Founding Dean Dr. Bruce M. Koeppen testifies before U.S. Senate subcommittee

koeppenDr. Bruce M. Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, will testify before a subcommittee hearing on Successful Primary Care Programs: Creating the Workforce We Need on Tuesday, April 23 at 10 a.m. in Room SD-430 at the Dirksen Building, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC.

Dr. Koeppen was invited by Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders and Ranking Member Richard Burr to testify about the new medical school, which admits its first class this fall and was created with the mission to train primary care physicians, foster collaborative, team-based care and serve as a national model of interprofessional health professions education.  Dr. Koeppen will discuss the growing shortage of primary care physicians and efforts to restructure the health care system to provide high quality, cost-effective and patient-centered care to successfully create the primary care workforce this country so desperately needs.

Dr. Koeppen’s testimony will address reasons for the primary care physician shortage and its extent; his efforts to change the traditional care model where physicians are viewed as the captain of the ship to something akin to a NASCAR pit crew, where highly efficient and effective teams, comprised of individuals with unique knowledge and expertise are all focused on a single goal-the patient; changes in the new medical school’s curriculum; programs such as the Teaching Health Center program in the Affordable Care Act, which allows Community Health Centers to establish residency programs to train physicians; and how an expansion of federally funded residence positions could encourage more people to enter primary care.

View a full copy of Dr. Koeppen’ s testimony.

View a live stream of the senate subcommittee hearing.

To interview Dr. Koeppen, email John Morgan at or call 203-206-4449.

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