Dr. Stuart D. Flynn, Dean and Professor, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
Phil Schneider, Associate Dean For Academic and Professional Affairs, College of Pharmacy – Phoenix Biomedical Campus, The University of Arizona
On Tuesday August 17th, Dr. Stuart Flynn and Phil Schneider talked with PCA members on the future plans and visions of health care in the coming years. Dr. Flynn emphasized the innovative yet rigorous medical program at the University of Arizona that has been modeled to better prepare future medical professionals. Students at the University of Arizona medical program, for example, begin having hands-on experience with real patients within the first two weeks of classes starting, an opportunity that is unheard of in other medical programs.
Then, Phil Schneider discussed the importance of changing Phoenix Healthcare today to meet the increasing demands of tomorrow. The ideas of change include a better method of preventative care incentives for Phoenicians, which would ultimately keep costs of hospitalizations down while also minimizing in-hospital infections and medical mistakes. Schneider also discussed the importance of accessibility of personal health records, in-home care, and gave insight on the new technology at hand that makes these visions feasible.