2018 Summer AmeriHealth Caritas Health Policy Fellowship in DC

by Leslie Capo

“As I was considering summer options, I came to the realization that this was my ‘last summer’ until I retire,” recalls LSU Health New Orleans second-year medical student Kelsey Cramer. “I felt compelled to do something big and different and exciting.”

An opportunity few medical students get checked all the boxes. Cramer was one of seven fellows in the AmeriHealth Caritas Health Policy Fellowship Program at LSU Health New Orleans schools of Medicine and Public Health who spent eight weeks in Washington, DC, this summer learning the answers to questions like: What is a physician’s role in public health? In health policy? What factors will shape how physicians can care for their patients and improve the health of the communities they serve? How can physicians improve population health and health care quality? How do disparities affect health and what can be done to address them? The fellows are all members of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine Class of 2021.

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