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Working the Systems
Mark Zeidel, M.D.
When talking with young doctors applying to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s residency program, Mark Zeidel, M.D., relies on a familiar speech about the hospital being a place that provides the kind of care you would want for your family members. Although his message—which focuses on the four key features of quality, access, dignity, and compassion—might be well-covered territory for BIDMC’s chief of medicine, the passion behind it is still as fresh as when he arrived on the scene from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine more than nine years ago.
Primed in Primary Care
Linde Family Foundation
Last fall, the Linde Family Foundation pledged $10 million to allow BIDMC to establish the Linde Family Institute for Primary Care. With this generous support, the innovative program will include training opportunities for primary care residents and current primary care physicians and will also accelerate efforts to transform Healthcare Associates (HCA)—BIDMC’s hospital-based, academic primary care practice—into a practice that employs a team-based approach to care rather than the traditional single-provider silos.
Up for a Challenge
On his first visit to Bowdoin Street Health Center last summer, Ron O’Hanley was struck by three things: its welcoming community, its comprehensive health care, and its dedicated and skilled staff. He saw clearly that for the low-income Bowdoin-Geneva section of Dorchester, where violence is common and healthy options are few, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center–licensed health center serves a critical purpose.
Making Something of Nothing
Some might say that Ted Kaptchuk is the Jerry Seinfeld of medicine. Much like the comedian who for almost a decade built his blockbuster career on a “show about nothing,” Kaptchuk has made his professional mark doing scientifically rigorous research about nothing—or as it’s better known in the biomedical context, the placebo.
Mark Andermann, Ph.D.
For thousands of years, the human brain has worked under the theory that there is never enough food. When it is available, we are designed to pay attention to it and seek it out for survival. Unlike our ancestors, however, most people in the United States today have easy access to food, yet we are constantly bombarded with environmental cues that whet our appetite, often leading to unhealthy or excessive eating behaviors. Today, more than one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese.