UR Physician Receives Fulbright to Spain

May 19, 2004

A Highland Hospital Family Medicine physician known nationally for his research into improving physician practice style has won a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant in Public/Global Health at the University of Cordoba.

Ronald M. Epstein, M.D., professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will travel to Spain for two weeks in June to consult with Spanish academicians and physicians on methods of enhancing patient care results by improving communication between doctors and their patients.  Epstein will also present a paper on “Professionalism in Medicine” at a conference in Barcelona. 

Epstein, who directs the University of Rochester’s Center to Improve Communications in Health Care, is also author of an article in today’s issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.  In the article, Epstein and his co-authors suggest a blueprint for physicians to present the facts in a consumer-oriented medical world.

The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program offers two- to six-week grants to leading U.S. academics and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions around the globe.

Created to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program which was started in 1946, the Senior Specialist Program aims at increasing the number of faculty and professionals who have the opportunity to go abroad on a Fulbright.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. 

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