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Thursday Review: An interview with Dr. Maureen Mavrinac about “Rethinking The Traditional Doctor’s Visit”

Ordinarily, the Thursday Review is commentary about the storytelling aspects of a published article. This week, Dr. Maureen Mavrinac sat down with me to talk about some aspects of shared medical appointments and her article which appeared in Health Affairs.

Dr. Maureen Mavrinac is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics. From medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico to residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and throughout her career Dr. Mavrinac has been committed to the care of vulnerable populations.

Dr. Mavrinac worked in both inner city and rural clinics from Alaska to the US Mexico border as well as the rural Midwest. She served as Associate Professor of Family Medicine at UCLA where her focus was inspiring the next generation of primary care clinicians in creating innovative models of care. She went on to participate in a project to help reduce incidence and severity of diabetes. She currently works with vulnerable elderly patients in inner city Los Angeles.

Her article we discussed in depth is:

Mavrinac, Maureen A. 2018. “Rethinking the Traditional Doctor’s Visit.” Health Affairs (Project Hope) 37 (2): 325–28.

During our discussion, Dr. Mavrinac referenced a recent article by Dr. Abigail Zuger, which can be found here:

Zuger, Abigail. 2021. “Preventing a Pandemic’s Toll—We’ve Been Here Before.” JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association.