Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D.

DR. FINEBERG: Good evening, I’m Harvey Fineberg, the president of the Institute of Medicine, and it is my great honor tonight to welcome you to this evening’s 2007 Rosenthal Lecture. The topic is “Transforming Today’s Health Care Workforce to Meet Tomorrow’s Demands.”

We have a truly distinguished panel with us tonight, but before we get under way I’d like to say a word about the series that this occasion represents. The Rosenthal Lectures are named in honor of Richard Rosenthal, a corporate executive and private investor as well as a philanthropist with a wide range of interests, particularly in the intersection of the social sciences, medicine, and the humanities. After his death in 1998, his widow Hinda Rosenthal was instrumental in carrying on his work through the Rosenthal Foundation. This is a bittersweet occasion because it actually represents the first of the Rosenthal Lectures since Hinda’s passing almost 1 year ago.

This is a time when we have an opportunity to remember and celebrate both of them, because together they represented the best in health and philanthropy in our country. They were particularly interested in ensuring that the Institute of Medicine would be a place where we would have a regular opportunity to put forward path-breaking ideas and innovative thinking about topics just emerging over the horizon—ideas and policies that matter. I think today’s example on the workforce is a perfect illustration of what they had in mind when they asked us to undertake this series.

We are honored to hear from Kevin Grumbach, Marla Salmon, and Fitzhugh Mullan. Our first presenter is Kevin Grumbach, professor and

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Welcome ❧ Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D. DR. FINEBERG:  Good evening, I’m Harvey Fineberg, the president of the  Institute of Medicine, and it is my great honor tonight to welcome you to  this evening’s 2007 Rosenthal Lecture. The topic is “Transforming Today’s  Health Care Workforce to Meet Tomorrow’s Demands.”  We have a truly distinguished panel with us tonight, but before we get  under way I’d like to say a word about the series that this occasion repre- sents. The Rosenthal Lectures are named in honor of Richard Rosenthal, a  corporate executive and private investor as well as a philanthropist with  a wide range of interests, particularly in the intersection of the social sci- ences, medicine, and the humanities. After his death in 1998, his widow  Hinda Rosenthal was instrumental in carrying on his work through the  Rosenthal Foundation. This is a bittersweet occasion because it actually  represents the first of the Rosenthal Lectures since Hinda’s passing almost  1 year ago.  This  is  a  time  when  we  have  an  opportunity  to  remember  and  cel- ebrate both of them, because together they represented the best in health  and  philanthropy  in  our  country.  They  were  particularly  interested  in  ensuring that the Institute of Medicine would be a place where we would  have a regular opportunity to put forward path-breaking ideas and inno- vative thinking about topics just emerging over the horizon—ideas and  policies that matter. I think today’s example on the workforce is a perfect  illustration of what they had in mind when they asked us to undertake  this series.  We  are  honored  to  hear  from  Kevin  Grumbach,  Marla  Salmon,  and  Fitzhugh Mullan. Our first presenter is Kevin Grumbach, professor and  

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 TRANSFORMING TODAY’S HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE chair  of  the  Department  of  Family  and  Community  Medicine  at  the  University  of  California,  San  Francisco,  and  chief  of  Family  and  Com- munity  Medicine  at  San  Francisco  General  Hospital.  Among  his  many  responsibilities, he directs the University of Southern California Center for  California Health Workforce Studies. He has been particularly engaged in  trying to improve the role of clinicians in health policy. Among his impor- tant works, for example, he has coauthored a very widely used textbook  on health policy, Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach. He has  also written widely about the role of primary care, has been the recipient  of many recognition awards from foundations and government, and is a  member of the Institute of Medicine. He is going to address the workforce  challenges, especially in connection with primary care; the changing roles  of those involved in primary care, including medical assistants; and the  importance  of  team-based  care  using  recent  information  technology  in  delivering services to patients at the time and in the way they need that  service.