Matthew B. Mackwood, MD, MPH, a family medicine physician at Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics Heater Road in Lebanon, was selected to participate in the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
This prestigious career development award supports junior faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. With this award, Mackwood will work under the mentorship of Elliott S. Fisher, MD, MPH, a professor of medicine and health policy at The Dartmouth Institute and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Jonathan Skinner, PhD, a research professor in the department of economics at Dartmouth College, on a study identifying best practices for leveraging telehealth in primary care to address inequities in access to care, focusing on rural populations across the United States. He will then conduct a prospective study implementing these best practices in our local and regional context in partnership with the Northern New England CO-OP Practice and Community Based Research Network.
In addition to his research and clinical work at Heater Road Primary Care, where he has worked since 2018, Mackwood is co-director of the “Patients & Populations” course at Geisel.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic’s onset, Mackwood has been been involved in telehealth operations and increasingly in telehealth research, with an emphasis on outpatient telehealth. His research interests primarily focus on how telehealth is being used in primary care and the ways telehealth positively or negatively affects health disparities in accessing care. Recently, Mackwood’s research has been focused on a variety of national and regional health services research questions around how telehealth and similar technology can be used to enhance the accessibility and quality of care for populations that have historically struggled to access high quality primary care.
The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program was created to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing and who will encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians, dentists, and nurse-scientists. Four-year postdoctoral research awards are offered to physicians, dentists, and nurses who are committed to developing careers in academic medicine and to serving as role models for students and faculty of similar background.
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