September 26, 1997

Array of speakers lined up for fifth annual National Primary Care Day

Array of speakers lined up for fifth annual National Primary Care Day

Dr. Henry W. Foster Jr., former nominee for U.S. Surgeon General, will address Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students next week as part of a series of speakers lined up to observe the fifth annual "National Primary Care Day" on Oct. 2.

Foster, who will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at noon in 208 Light Hall, will present "Health Care in the Coming Millennium." His speech will focus on the changes he expects in health care over the next decade. Foster, former dean of Meharry Medical School, is a senior advisor to President Clinton on teen pregnancy reduction and youth issues. He developed the "I Have a Future" program to reduce teen pregnancy.

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, at noon in 214 Light Hall, five residents representing the major generalist areas of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Medicine/Pediatrics, Family Practice and Obstetrics and Gynecology, will answer students' questions about their motivations for entering their respective fields and will discuss career opportunities and other concerns.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, Dr. Thomas Davis, assistant professor of Neurology, will present information on alternative medicine. It has been estimated that up to 30 percent of the public uses some form of non-prescribed "alternative medicine"

All speeches are free and open to the public.