Michigan Family Physician Working to Expand the Primary Care Pipeline

For the past 10 years, Julie Phillips, MD, MPH (East Lansing) has been conducting research to understand the issues that impact a student’s choice of specialty. As Family Physician, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and assistant dean for student career and professional development, Dr. Phillips is dedicated to advancing Family Medicine by expanding the workforce pipeline.

“If we could balance the physician workforce with more primary care physicians, you could improve so much in this country: health care access, health equity, quality, cost-efficiency. There aren't many things that can improve quality and make things more cost-efficient, but Family Physicians do. The health of our whole country would get better in ways that would be visible and remarkable if we could fix this one thing,” she said in AAFP’s Family Doc Focus article on September 10.

Dr. Phillips was recently invited to share her insight as a featured speaker when AAFP and other Family Medicine organizations convened in Leawood, Kansas, to launch an exciting new initiative aimed at increasing the Family Medicine match rate from 12% to 25% by 2030.