Inis Bardella, MD named Head of Family Medicine at University of Illinois at Rockford

University of Illinois at Rockford welcomed Inis Bardella, MD as the new Head of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Bardella developed the Global Health Initiatives Program at Rosalind Franklin University before taking the new position. “UI Rockford has two international opportunities for fourth year medical students: India and Scotland. We have a relationship in Thailand. We hope to build the India and Thailand opportunities into true partnerships, not just student experiences,” she says. She pointed to the work of Farion Williams, MD, assistant dean of graduate medical education, who has accompanied medical students to the Christian Medical School in Vellore. Dr. Williams provided faculty development workshops to the 10 members of the family medicine department, when he visited in February. He explained that the Vellore family medicine department established a low-cost, effective care unit in the slums of the area and showed good health outcomes and lower costs, and accepted all patients regardless of their ability to pay. The Triple Aim in India!

Dr. Bardella hopes to build on those positive experiences for a quadruple aim that addresses research, public health and continuing improved health outcomes. She also shared the good news that the Rockford campus class of 2016 match includes 16 of 50, or 32 percent, going into family medicine. She applauded the work done by the department, including Dr. Williams, and Mitch King, MD, associate dean for academic affairs. Dr. King explained that Rockford, Dixon and Monroe were three sites for students to experience all that family medicine offers and contributed to the successful Match.