Hosted by former RWJF Clinical Scholar Dr. Matthew Press (Penn ’08-’10), the RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast is a monthly series featuring interviews with health policy experts who are visitors, alumni, or faculty of the Clinical Scholars Program.
Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
In this month’s RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast, we welcome Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Clancy sat down with series host, Dr. Matthew Press, during her visit to the Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania on the day before Thanksgiving. Listen to the interview and hear the story behind AHRQ’s name change, Dr. Clancy’s take on improving patient safety, and how AHRQ is giving patients a voice in comparative effectiveness research. To learn more about Dr. Clancy and AHRQ, visit www.ahrq.gov.
Richard Besser, MD
Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News
Richard Besser, MD, former Acting Director of the CDC and now Chief Health and Medical Editor at ABC News, is our guest in the latest episode of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast. In the interview, Dr. Besser recounts his experience in the early days of the H1N1 flu pandemic and reveals the keys to effective communication during a public health crisis. He also takes stock of his exciting first year as a television news correspondent. Series host, Dr. Matthew Press, interviewed Dr. Besser at ABC News headquarters in New York.
Dr. Besser will be speaking this year at the Clinical Scholars National Meeting in Atlanta. Current Clinical Scholars interested in an internship with him should contact their Program Directors. For more information about Dr. Besser, go to http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Richard_Besser
Robert Wachter, MD
Professor of Medicine at UCSF Former Clinical Scholar (Stanford ’88-’90)
The RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast kicks off a new season with special guest, Robert Wachter, MD, a leading voice on patient safety and medical errors. Dr. Wachter, a former Clinical Scholar (Stanford ’88-’90) and current Professor of Medicine at UCSF, shares with series host, Dr. Matt Press, his take on health care quality: from flaws to fixes…and what the future holds. Also hear how Dr. Wachter balances objectivity as a researcher with opinion as a blogger (his popular blog is Wachter’s World). The interview took place as part of Dr. Wachter’s visit to the CSP at the University of Pennsylvania.
Interview with John Tooker, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P., Executive Vice President and CEO of the American College of Physicians
In this month's RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast, John Tooker, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P., Executive Vice President and CEO of the American College of Physicians, sits down with host Matthew Press, M.D., to discuss the changing face of primary care in America. Hear Tooker's take on what health care reform means for primary care and how the primary care work force needs to adapt. The interview covers a range of topics—from the patient-centered medical home to the evolving role of medical journals—that will be of interest to researchers, policy makers and health care providers alike. And be sure to listen in for the exciting "Speed Round," the fast-paced Q & A with our guests that closes every interview in the podcast series.
Interview with Aaron Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.
Patent attorney, general internist and health services researcher from Harvard Medical School
This month's Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast guest is Aaron Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., a patent attorney, general internist and health services researcher from Harvard Medical School. In a fast-paced and timely interview, Kesselheim speaks with host Matthew Press, M.D., about what health care reform will mean for drug development and drug patent policy. Kesselheim also weighs in on the recent scrutiny of pharmaceutical marketing practices and why the ancient drug colchicine is making new headlines.
Kesselheim is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is also an AHRQ Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health. He is the recipient of the 2010 Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth.
Interview with Stephanie B. Coursey Bailey, M.D., M.S.,
Chief of the CDC's Office of Public Health Practice
In this month's Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast, Matthew Press, M.D. chats with Stephanie B. Coursey Bailey, M.D., M.S., Chief of the CDC's Office of Public Health Practice. In an engaging and wide-ranging interview about public health, Dr. Bailey discusses the impact health care reform will have on the practice of public health and how the CDC Office she leads is moving forward with a new approach. She also shares her thoughts on research, information technology, and policy-making in public health.
Dr. Bailey has worked in public health since 1981. She has received numerous public health service awards, including the Nashville Urban Journal's Person of the Year award, APHA's Roemer award, the Association for State and Territorial Health Officer's Excellence in Public Health for Local Practice, and the AMA's Dr. Nathan B. Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service in the category of Career Public Servant at the local level.
Interview with Hoangmai Pham, M.D., M.P.H.
Physician and Health care policy researcher at the Center for Studying Health System Change
The inaugural episode features physician and health care policy researcher, Hoangmai Pham, M.D., M.P.H. of the Center for Studying Health System Change, who weighs in on health care reform, health IT, and care coordination.
She visited the RWJF Clinical Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania on March 3rd and sat down with Clinical Scholar Matthew Press, M.D. to discuss a range of health care policy topics. In the interview, Pham, a former RWJF Clinical Scholar who is now a senior health researcher with the Center for Studying Health System Change, takes stock of the current state of health care reform and comments on several key ingredients in health care system improvement.
Pham also dives into a topic that is especially near to her heart: care coordination. Listen in to learn how her own personal experience with care coordination motivated her interest in the topic, how care coordination can be measured, and how the health care system can do a better job in this area.
Hear what Pham thinks is the most important topic in the future of health care policy research, and who she thinks will most influence the future of health reform. Whether you're a researcher, a health care provider, or just a concerned citizen, you will want to listen to this conversation.