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    The Private Practice Initiative (PPI) provides residents with an opportunity to care for patients within the private practice setting, while learning more about how a private practice functions. First offered as an optional educational experience in 1998 by Dr. Joel Merenstein, the PPI program is now under the direction of Gretchen Shelesky, MD. MS.

    The PPI experience is designed to teach residents to practice in the “new health care system” by receiving training in community practices. The goals of the PPI include (1) providing residents with a real life experience in practice management (2) expanding the residency faculty to include the active participation of community family practice physicians and (3) developing participating community private practices as “Model Teaching Practices”.

    The PPI was first developed and implemented in the fall of 1998. Supported by a HRSA grant the initial objective of the initiative was to provide faculty development for a group of private practice physicians who would become responsible for all of the ambulatory training for family practice residents. “Ideal practice sites” were selected based on variables such as having physicians with teaching experience, space and flexibility for residency training, a commitment to applying evidence based medicine, and practices prepared to use a team approach to patient care.

    Residents spend one afternoon per week working in a private practice within the Greater Pittsburgh community. The benefits are multifaceted. They include the following:

    Real life experience in practice management
    One-to-one precepting
    Better continuity of care
    Increased patient volume
    A greater mix of patient demographics
    A wider variety of health problems

    Participating residents have appreciated the opportunity to be a part of office staff meetings, to observe office management styles, to observe patient workflow, and to gain experience of caring for patients in a private practice. Many of the residents have felt that the PPI experience helped them know what to look for when employment opportunities arise. Several residents have been offered employment from their site upon completion of their PPI experience.

     
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