Director's Letter: Summer 2017 | Mike Fischer, MD, MS, NaRCAD Director
Academic detailing is naturally versatile, growing from the initial studies focused on prescribing decisions to include interventions to improve childhood screening, assessment of cardiovascular risk, smoking cessation treatment, and many other important clinical topics.
Whenever medical care and patient outcomes can be improved by outreach education to frontline clinicians, there’s an opportunity for AD to make a crucial difference. We’ve seen our partner organizations use AD in novel and exciting ways, making adaptations to fit their specific interventions and to combat diverse challenges.
Healthcare is in a period of ongoing, rapid change—and continued innovation in clinical outreach education is critical in improving the quality of patient care. But for new ideas to have an impact, they need to be evaluated and communicated to the larger community. Tell us more about what you’re working on—we’ll connect you with others addressing the same clinical topic, or working with a similar geography or population, and we’ll share your experiences and results via our best practices blog, website, newsletter, and social media platform.
Along with trainings and networking opportunities, NaRCAD provides targeted consultation and technical assistance to improve your successes in the field. We also participate in collaborations with programs as part of multifactorial interventions and research studies.
If so, drop us an e-mail, give us a call, or write a note in the comments section below--we’ll be in touch to figure out next steps, whether that involves submitting a proposal together, figuring out a customized training, or connecting you with experts that can support your project.
Whether you’re looking to strengthen your team, meet thought leaders in the field, or tell us more about your work in person, we hope you’ll join us at our Fall Training in September, and our annual International Conference on AD this November--registration is open for both, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Biography. Michael Fischer, MD, MS, NaRCAD Director
Dr. Fischer is a general internist, pharmacoepidemiologist, and health services researcher. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard and a clinically active primary care physician and educator at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. With extensive experience in designing and evaluating interventions to improve medication use, he has published numerous studies demonstrating potential gains from improved prescribing. Read more.
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