Saint Louis University

The School of Medicine, the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the Division of General Academic Pediatrics and the Department of General Internal Medicine will host the second annual Saint Louis University Primary Care Research Symposium from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in Auditorium A at the Learning Resources Center.

The research symposium is a part of a collaboration to promote the advancement of research and scholarship within primary care practice. With funding support from Health Resources and Services Administration, this event hopes to encourage faculty, residents and promising medical students to pursue the integration of research and scholarship within primary care practice.

This year's keynote speaker is Allen Greiner, M.D., MPH, from the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas. He will present two lectures titled "Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening in Underserved Populations" and "Building Research Infrastructure for Primary Care Research: Service, Then Education, Then Research." Greiner serves as medical director and health officer for the Health Department of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.

He directs the Rural Primary Care Practice and Research Program, as well as the Kansas Physicians Engaged in Prevention Research (KPEPR) Network. He is also a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Disparities Scholar, winner of the 2004 Kemper Fellowship Award and recipient of the 2010 Nason Family Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Education.

In addition to the keynote presentation, there will be oral and poster presentations by primary care faculty and residents, which will include areas of interest such as strengthening a medical home practice and the use of poverty simulations in medical education.

A light lunch will be provided for those who RSVP. For more information about this event and to RSVP, visit the event web page or email Jesse Walls at

As part of the HRSA Grant, the over-arching goal of this collaboration of the primary care departments is to increase the number of medical students and residents choosing primary care as their profession. In order to meet this goal, objectives of the project are: the development of a collaborative primary care program; a systematic approach to primary care scholarship and clinical research; a patient centered medical home as the clinical laboratory for the conduct of primary care scholarship and clinical research; and to provide exposure to and evaluation of the inter-professional education model within primary care settings.

"Primary Care is that care provided by physicians specifically trained for and skilled in comprehensive first contact and continuing care for persons with any undiagnosed sign, symptom or health concern. Their practice includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses." (

The Dean for the School of Medicine, Philip Alderson, M.D., has lent significant support and resources for the design and implementation of an inter-professional curriculum for medical students along with providing residents exposure to practicing within an inter-professional model at clinical training sites. (HRSA Grant)