Selker Begins Term as President of the Society of General Internal Medicine

Harry Selker, MD, MSPH, a member and former director of the Clinical and Translational Science graduate program at Sackler started his term as 34th President of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). SGIM is an international association of almost 3,000 of the world's leading academic general internists who are dedicated to improving access to care for vulnerable populations, eliminating health care disparities and enhancing medical education. The members of the Society advance the practice of medicine through their commitment to providing comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective care to adults, educating the next generation of outstanding physicians, and conducting cutting-edge research to improve quality of care and clinical outcomes of all patients. As one of his first actions as President, he has initiated a Commission that will be convened to examine and make recommendations about the execution of the dual responsibilities of providers to individual patients and to society around the need to contain costs as providers take on more of the insurance function for care in arrangements such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), a form of healthcare organization that is likely to become common in Massachusetts. Dr. Selker also serves as Executive Director of the Tufts Medical Center Institute for Clinical Care Research, Professor of Medicine, and Dean of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and sees patients in the Pratt Diagnostic Clinic at Tufts Medical Center.

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