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Biographical Sketch and Vision Statement

Thomas A. Bledsoe, MD, FACP

EDUCATION: Dartmouth College AB 1982, Biology, Dartmouth Medical School 1984-1986 Brown University Program in Medicine MD, 1986-1988
POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Primary Care Internal Medicine, 1988-1991 Chief Medical Resident, 1991-1992, Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University; CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine
PRESENT POSITION: Primary Care Physician, University Medicine Foundation; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University; teaching associate, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Alpert Medical School
ACP ACTIVITIES: Member since 1991, Fellow 7/2000
HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Chair, Rhode Island Hospital Ethics Committee; Chair and ACP representative, Primary Care Physician Advisory Committee (PCPAC), Rhode Island Department of Health; co-chair, Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative (Patient-Centered Medical Home pilot project) steering committee; past Chair and coordinator, Schwartz Rounds, Rhode Island Hospital; educator, ethics seminars for medical students in core clerkships; preceptor, residents’ clinic, Rhode Island Hospital; attending physician, teaching service, Rhode Island Hospital; Scoutmaster, Troop IV Barrington Boy Scouts; Warden, S. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Providence
AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Primary Care, Medical Ethics, Medical Education, Professionalism, Medical Informatics and Information Technology, end-of-life care

Vision Statement

After years of watching the current health care “system” fail in so many ways, fail the profession, fail the patients, fail the payers and fail the purchasers, I believe the time for change has arrived. Directing this change will require knowledge, creativity and commitment. The American College of Physicians is well-poised to play a pivotal role in health care reform over the coming months and years. A deep commitment to medical professionalism from medical school to the end of one’s career, flexibility to try new models of care and a firm commitment to the welfare of our patients and our society ground that commitment. As medical professionals, our involvement in the current health care reform discussion for the purpose of patient welfare and the welfare of the profession is our responsibility and our privilege. The days of finger-pointing are over and the days of cooperative problem-solving are ahead. Let’s go!