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Atrius Health Academic Institute

Creating an environment of excellence in research and education through innovation and partnerships to improve patient and provider experience

Education and research have been longstanding components of the core organizational mission of Atrius Health. By centralizing academic activities, we more effectively organize and support these efforts to gain economies of scale. The Academic Institute supports Atrius Health’s Vision to affect “transforming care” by which providers and staff deliver the right care with kindness and compassion. It also fulfills its Education Value by supporting the commitment to teach, conduct research, create opportunities for continuous learning, and to share what is learned. 

Atrius Health clinicians are recognized as leaders and innovators in clinical education. Through our close relationship with Harvard Medical School (HMS), many Atrius Health clinicians act as teachers, preceptors, lecturers and tutors for HMS students and courses. Our physicians also collaborate with universities, hospitals and other organizations locally and nationally on a broad range of research studies focused on improving clinical practice and outcomes, evaluating the effectiveness of drug treatments and protocols, and increasing patient involvement in their care.

Research at Atrius Health

Promoting research is a key part of Atrius Health’s strategic mission. To advance this objective, Atrius Health accepts support from government agencies, foundations, and various other external partners that are ultimately focused on improving the health and the quality of health care for our patients and the community at large. Our physicians conduct research studies across a broad range of clinical areas, including, but not limited to, primary care, oncology, visual services, orthopedics, and neurology. Atrius Health also collaborates with many local and nationally-recognized universities, hospitals, and advocacy organizations with the aim of improving clinical practices and outcomes, evaluating the effectiveness of drug treatments and protocols, and increasing patients’ involvement in their own care.

Generally, Atrius Health conducts research in three main categories:

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Teaching at Atrius Health 

We take great pride in the recognition of our medical professionals as leaders and innovators in clinical education. Atrius Health’s longstanding teaching mission is sustained by the commitment of our clinicians and our connections to Harvard Medical School (HMS) and other academic institutions in Boston. These collaborative partnerships enable us to offer rewarding, flexible, and supportive teaching opportunities.

Atrius Health clinicians can teach at all levels of training in a variety of settings, from the Harvard Medical School “quad” and affiliated hospitals, to Atrius Health practices. Through the Department of Population Medicine (DPM), jointly sponsored by Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, collaboration with research fellows on special projects is also possible. Appointments at HMS are available for Atrius Health physicians who teach through the DPM or specialty departments.

In partnership with Brigham and Woman's Hospital (BWH) and DPM, Atrius Health helped to establish a unique medical residency program in primary care and population medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Residents learn the clinical, analytical and leadership skills to become outstanding primary care physicians and health system leaders. Inpatient rotations are spent at BWH, the Faulkner, and the West Roxbury/VA and ambulatory care training occurs at Atrius Health clinical sites, where each resident is paired with a preceptor and becomes part of a practice team. Senior residents have time set aside to work on research, management of quality improvement project, or professional development, with mentorship by faculty at Atrius Health, BWH and DPM, aimed at improving quality of care on population health. 

In addition to medical student and resident teaching, Atrius Health has a number of excellent nurse clinicians and physician assistants who provide clinical precepting for advanced practice nursing and physician assistant students enrolled in nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwifery and physician assistant programs in the Boston area and around the country. 

Many nurses and physician assistants at Atrius Health act as teachers and lecturers for these and other programs, and collaborate with universities and hospitals to conduct research. A behavioral health fellowship jointly sponsored with the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School offers a one year fellowship to masters prepared psychiatric nurses as well as social workers and post-doctoral psychologists

Teaching opportunities at Atrius Health provide a great opportunity for our staff physicians to share their knowledge and experience in practice, and to expand their professional activities to other areas. Perhaps most importantly, our integrated, multi-disciplinary practice, using a state-of-the-art electronic medical record and modern and efficient support systems, offers a truly unique opportunity for training the next generation of health care providers.

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