East Carolina University’s medical school dean stressed the importance of primary care physicians as keys to promoting a healthier workforce and lower health care costs during his testimony to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
Dr. Paul Cunningham, head of the Brody School of Medicine, spoke for five minutes to the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging about the effectiveness of health care workforce programs. He also submitted written testimony and answered questions from the subcommittee.
“The Senate was very perceptive and they touched on the need to collaborate with other providers including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and even dentists,” Cunningham said. “We’re wonderfully situated in Greenville because we have the School of Nursing, School of Allied Health, the new dental school and the medical school all on same campus.
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