June 22, 2016 – MGG


Anchor lead:  Will you be the beneficiary of an outreach called Medicine for the Greater Good? Elizabeth Tracey reports

Medicine for the Greater Good is an outreach effort by physicians and physicians in training to meet people where they are, in communities, and help them understand how to partner with their doctors in managing their own health.  Panagis Galiatsatos, a critical care medicine physician at Johns Hopkins who began this effort some years ago, describes the initiative.

Galiatsatos: I started it in 2011 when I was an intern, you go out into the community, that’s when I recognized that what we think patients know or what we think we want patients to know they just didn’t know. That’s when I just saw these struggles of patients trying to be patients.  I always thought is was such an irony, we put so much emphasis on them being empowered, but doctors, nurses, we go through training in school, patients don’t. The challenge is its hard. The community work that’s where I saw this struggle, witnessing the community work, those weren’t just random citizens, those were the people I knew growing up.  I hope Medicine for the Greater Good is and becomes medicine’s revolution. :32

Galiatsatos says almost 100 church communities are on board, with school systems slated for the fall.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.