Patricia Adam

Associate Professor


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 we deliver to our patients and the experience of our providers and staff as they serve our patients. She oversees the four family medicine residency clinics and is a member of the Primary Care Executive Team within our Primary Care Service Line. Dr. Adam has participated in research studying team-based care, intrathecal narcotics for obstetric pain management, and saline nasal spray for colds and sinusitis. Her current passion is ambulatory medicine. She is leading the three-year implementation of Clinic as Curriculum across our four family medicine programs with the goal of implementing advanced scheduling options to improve provider-patient continuity and provider wellness.

Research Summary

My focus and interest lie in improving and understanding primary care systems in academic clinics. This includes interprofessional team care, teaching residents patient-communication skills, and how to transform the care in teaching clinics. In addition, I am interested in the incorporation of Community Health Workers in a primary care clinic and in improving the care for our underserved patients. 

Clinical Summary

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




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