Rebecca Howe, MD ’18 has been interested in pursuing a career in primary care since starting at Quinnipiac.
“I looked to explore a capstone project that would let me explore explore a different side of primary care from what I was learning in medical school,” she said. “Personalized Health Planning (PHP) is when patients work together with clinicians to set treatment goals and make care plans. Research shows that patients who set goals and are more involved in their care have better health outcomes and increased self-efficacy. My capstone project explored PHP at the VA and with an interprofessional care team at Community Health Center, Inc. in Middletown, a federally qualified health center.”
She studied both the opportunities and challenges for implementing this form of care.
“Quinnipiac has been the perfect environment for me to learn about innovation in primary care and how health teams can work together to provide the best care to patients,” Howe said. “This June, I will start my residency in family medicine and am excited to put what I learned from this capstone research into practice with my own panel of patients.”