Training a New Generation of Holistic, ‘Policy-Savvy’ Physicians
The District’s dire health disparities were on the mind of D.C. native Madeline Taskier, M.D. ’19, when she chose a career in family medicine as the best way to help her community. After earning her degree at George Washington University, she pursued a family medicine residency―and encountered the tremendous barriers her patients often faced in health care.
“The other trainees and I were constantly frustrated by the way our patients were treated within the system,” Taskier said. “I’d think, ‘why is the medicine I’ve prescribed not covered by insurance? Why does my patient have to wait a month and a half for this test?’ This all relates to health policy, and I came away from residency wanting to understand why this doesn’t work for us and our patients.”