Scott Bragg, PharmD, is an assistant professor in the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Department of Family Medicine and MUSC College of Pharmacy. He works as an inpatient clinical pharmacist at Trident Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina, with the Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency. Dr Bragg provides clinical teaching to family medicine residents, pharmacy students, and medical students in addition to providing teaching in multiple courses at MUSC. He has been an active lecturer within South Carolina and with STFM since 2013.
Dr Bragg grew up in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, and went on to attend West Virginia University for his undergraduate coursework and pharmacy school. After graduating with a PharmD, He completed two years of pharmacy residency training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) St. Margaret where he also participated in the University of Pittsburgh Faculty Development Fellowship. After residency, he completed the STFM Emerging Leaders Fellowship in 2017.
Dr Bragg’s professional interests include working in family medicine education, researching the most effective teaching methods, and encouraging a balance of evidence-based practice and shared decision making with patients. He actively seeks out different technologies to use in the classroom and emphasizes using point-of-care resources to improve patient care recommendations.
He lives in Summerville, South Carolina, with his wife, Brittney, who works as a communications specialist for the CDC, and their two children, Henry and Florence.
As a member-at-large with the STFM Board of Directors, I hope to collaborate with other family medicine educators to improve our collective ability to teach and restructure primary care workforce development. We are all facing increasing challenges in healthcare and it takes a team to effectively deliver healthcare and teach. Part of a well-functioning team is a diverse group of people, and I hope to advocate for more inclusion of nurses, pharmacists, behavioral scientists, physician assistants, and many others within our family medicine team. It’s disappointing that classically healthcare providers from different professions are educated in silos and only really learn to work together once practicing in their discipline. More diversity and inclusion within our teams will help to meet lofty goals like the quadruple aim and push residents to achieve higher levels of mastery with milestone assessments.
STFM provides a great framework for medical educators in the United States and in many other countries. With our evolving healthcare systems, it makes our ability to adapt, collaborate, and advocate essential skills for the future. These are skills I will bring to STFM which is playing a central role in preparing educators for changing the ways we’ve done things for years and establishing new ways to succeed in education and patient care. Each year I’ve been a part of STFM I’ve been impressed with its ability to connect and engage educators. Recent efforts like the Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resource, career development fellowships, and CAFM Educational Research Alliance show the power of STFM’s network to accomplish great things for primary care teaching, faculty develop, and research. My hope is these networks continue to grow, because we need exceptional teachers to meet the challenges of our patients and learners.
Answers to Candidate Questions
What actions does STFM need to take to move STFM toward the goal of being the indispensable professional home for all family medicine educators?
STFM needs to continue to promote access to their network of resources for educators, foster healthcare provider wellness, and advocate for restructuring funding for graduate medical education. Access to high quality resources and people with unique ideas are two of the biggest assets that STFM currently boasts. We need dedicated outreach to medical students, residents, and faculty to engage them in teaching, utilize our network to share best practices, and push for coordinated advocacy to improve healthcare delivery. Healthcare provider wellness is a major challenge with increasing demands and no change in our current resources year after year. As a result, we need to innovate new forms of reimbursement for the essential care we provide and convince legislatures to increase funding for primary care teaching to give our teams more resources to combat healthcare provider burnout.
Choose one or two key challenges you anticipate that STFM will face in the next 3 years and describe a potential course of action to address each challenge.
Workforce shortages in primary care are expected to increase, potentially leading to worse patient care and more healthcare provider burnout. Many strategies will need to be employed to tackle these complex issues, but as a pharmacist I hope to advocate for changing our care delivery model where many non-physician professionals may work interprofessionally with physicians to help meet the needs of our patients, learners, physicians, and the public. With the shift in primary care reimbursement from fee-for-service to a quality reimbursement model we will need to be thoughtful with structuring our interprofessional team to help more patients meet quality metrics and identify areas where we should advocate for changing the system. Our interprofessional team can free up time for physicians to maintain their relationships with patients by seeing patients together to help meet documentation requirements, address preventive services, and work to provide efficient patient care.
Digital accessibility for web-based media is another pressing challenge for educators from both a legal standpoint and to best support learners with disabilities. Having coordinated efforts to ensure high standards for digital accessibility for documents produced in journals like Family Medicine and PRiMER are an example of challenges that STFM will face in the future. More training is needed from leaders within STFM to ensure that accessibility standards like the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 are being met for documents, videos, presentations, and other media produced on behalf of STFM.
Share your experience at bringing people together with diverse agendas and finding common ground.
Working on an inpatient rounding team as often the only non-physician, I have developed extensive experience trying to optimize patient care plans that satisfied different attending physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacists, and patients. I have great continuity on the inpatient service so I can help to fill in communication gaps with care transitions and listen as a sounding board to reflect our goals for patients and steer our patient care plans into win-win solutions. I’ve also had great experiences working on the board of directors and as president of the board for a non-profit diabetes camp in West Virginia called Camp Kno Koma. This experience has helped me with guiding people with different views reach a group consensus and envisioning new answers to recurrent problems.