Patricia Adam

Associate Professor
Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs


Patricia "Pita" Adam, MD, MSPH, is the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health's vice chair for clinical affairs. She teaches in the University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency and is also one of the founding family medicine team members on the Minnesota Primary Care Transformation Collaborative. As vice chair, Dr. Adam's goal is to improve the care delivered to patients and the experience of providers and staff as they serve patients. This includes an intentional focus on minoritized patients and their quality outcomes. She oversees the core family medicine residency clinics and is a member of the Primary Care Executive Team within our Primary Care Service Line. In that role, she oversees family medicine obstetrics care, is a champion for equitable care, and facilitates engagement in the Primary Care Service Line's Practice Based Research Network. Dr. Adam has published many evidence-based answers to point of care questions, a model for optimal communication teaching, team-based care, intrathecal narcotics for obstetric pain management, saline nasal spray for colds and sinusitis and most recently Clinic as Curriculum, a model with advanced scheduling options to improve provider-patient continuity and provider wellness.

Research Summary

Improving and understanding primary care systems in academic clinics, including interprofessional team care, teaching residents patient-communication skills, and how to transform the care in teaching clinics. Leading a multi-year implementation of Clinic as Curriculum across the core Twin Cities family medicine programs with the goal of advancing pro-clinic scheduling options to improve provider-patient continuity and provider wellness. Incorporating community health workers in a primary care clinic to improve the care of patients from marginalized communities. 

Clinical Summary

Ambulatory care; team care and interprofessional care; women's health




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