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Rebecca Brienza, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Director, VACHS Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education

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Rebecca Brienza, MD, MPH

Mailing Address

  • General Internal Medicine

    950 Campbell Avenue, Bldg. 12, Mail Code: 11ACSL1

    West Haven, CT, 06516

    United States

Rebecca Brienza
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Appointments

Education & Training

  • MD
    Michigan State University (1994)
  • BA
    University of Michigan/Ann Arbor (1986)
  • MPH
    University of Michigan/Ann Arbor (1986)

Activities

  • Trainees as Change Agents: How Teaching Quality Improvement with Interprofessional Learners Led to Improved Primary Care Practice. Lessons Learned from the VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education
    Washington, United States 2019
  • Interprofessional Integration Improves the Primary Care to Physical Therapy Referral Process
    Washington, United States 2019
  • Interprofessional Integration Improves the Primary Care to Physical Therapy Referral Process
    Washington, United States 2019
  • Facilitating Reflection on the Patient Discharge Process: An Educational Intervention at the VA
    Washington, United States 2019
  • Facilitating Reflection on the Patient Discharge Process: An Educational Intervention at the VA
    Washington, United States 2019
  • Facilitating Reflection on the Patient Discharge Process: An Educational Intervention at the VA
    Washington, United States 2019
  • Poster: "Can an Interprofessional Education Initiative Effect Quality of Care and Health Care Utilization?
    Washington, United States 2019
  • Integration of Physical Therapy into the Primary Care Patient Centered Medical Home
    Washington, United States 2018
  • Improving Resident Education and Clinical Competency in Musculoskeletal Medicine through Physical Therapy Integration within an Interprofessional Primary Care Clinic
    Denver, United States 2018
  • Promoting Appropriate Proton Pump Inhibitor Use in Veteran Outpatient Population
    Denver, United States 2018
  • Piloting an Interprofessional Clinic with Primary Care Providers and Health Psychologists to Improved Quality of Life Among Patients with End Stage Heart Failure
    Denver, United States 2018
  • Advanced Directives in Primary Care
    Boston, United States 2018
  • Improving Resident Ability to Perform Joint Injections in Primary Care
    Boston, United States 2018
  • PACT and READY: Interprofessional Education through High-Risk Patient Conferences at the West Haven VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education
    Southington, United States 2017
  • Veteran Patients’ Perspectives on Recent Re-Hospitalization: Qualitative Findings
    Washington, United States 2017
  • Evaluation of Burnout Among Residents in an Academic Primary Care Clinic Setting
    Washington, United States 2017
  • Effect of Clinic Setting on Resident Perception of Quality, Job Satisfaction, and Career Choice
    Washington, United States 2017
  • Integration of Physical Therapy into an Interprofessional Primary Care Training Clinic: Cross Benefits for Providers and Patients
    Washington, United States 2017
  • Utilizing Interprofessional Teams to Provide Effective Care for Older Adults with Multimorbidity and to Reduce Stress among Providers and Caregivers
    Washington, United States 2017
  • Implementing Opioid Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) in a VA Primary Care Practice
    Washington, United States 2017
  • Putting the Patient at the Center of High-Needs High Cost Care: Linking the Student Hot Spotting Approach to VA innovations at the West Haven VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education
    Boston, United States 2017
  • Veteran Patients’ Perspectives on Recent Re-hospitalization: Qualitative Findings
    Boston, United States 2017
  • Using Shared Medical Appointments to Translate Interprofessional Learning to Practice: Lessons Learned from the VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education
    Hollywood, United States 2016
  • Interprofessional Panel Management: Tools to Move from Visit-Based Care to Proactive Population Management
    Hollywood, United States 2016
  • Getting Real(ist) about Evaluating Interprofessional Education
    Boston, United States 2016
  • Learning to Walk the Walk: Teaching Resident Physicians to be Effective Members and Leaders of Interprofessional Health Care Teams
    Hollywood, United States 2016
  • An Interprofessional Education Initiative to Reduce Polypharmacy Risk in Primary Care
    Hollywood, United States 2016
  • What Brings an Older Veteran to an Urgent Visit (UV)? A Review of the Chief Concerns by Older Veterans Who Presented for UV During a 6-month Period
    Hollywood, United States 2016
  • Huddle Coaching Program: A Workshop to Prepare Faculty to Design, Implement, and Sustain Workplace Learning Opportunities for Interprofessional Team Based Care
    Hollywood, United States 2016
  • Development and Validation of a Polypharmacy Knowledge Assessment for Post-Graduate Primary Care Trainees
    Long Beach, United States 2016
  • Improving Efficiency in Academic Primary Care: A Potential New Role for Health Psychology
    New Haven, United States 2016
  • Development and Validation of a Polypharmacy Knowledge Assessment for Post-Graduate Primary Care Trainees
    New Haven, United States 2016
  • What brings an Older Veteran to an Urgent Visit (UV)? A Review of the Chief Concerns by Older Veterans Who Presented for UV During a 6-month Period
    New Haven, United States 2016
  • Innovation in Practice: Introduction of a Panel Management Curriculum to an Interprofessional Training Program
    New Haven, United States 2016
  • Motivational Interviewing: An Approach to Care in Domestic Violence
    Hartford, United States 2016
  • Beyond 4+2: The IMPROVE project- An Interprofessional Outpatient Polypharmacy Educational and Clinical Program
    Toronto, Canada 2015
  • Interprofessional Education Models in Undergraduate Medical Education
    Toronto, Canada 2015
  • A New Approach to Outpatient Geriatrics Care: An Interprofessional Polypharmacy Intervention Using the Shared Medical Appointment Model
    Dallas, United States 2015
  • An Innovative Interprofessional Adult Nurse Practitioner Fellowship: The West Haven VA Prototype
    Dallas, United States 2015
  • Nurse Practitioner Interprofessional Fellowship: Can this Innovative Method Decrease the Future Preceptor Gap?
    Baltimore, United States 2015
  • Interprofessional Education in Shared Decision Making: A Nurse Practitioners Perspective
    Baltimore, United States 2015
  • Best Practices and Successful Innovations in IPE
    Toronto, Canada 2015
  • Faculty Development for Interprofessional Communication
    Toronto, Canada 2015
  • Interprofessional Education in Shared Decision Making: A Nurse Practitioners Perspective
    Hartford, United States 2015
  • How Can our Graduate Medical Education System Prepare Trainees for Future Practice?—The Case for Interprofessional Learning and Collaborative Practice in Graduate Medical Education
    Chicago, United States 2014
  • Reducing Non-Urgent ER Visits: A Collaborative Approach
    Orlando, United States 2014
  • Strengthening Nursing Practice: Powerful Strategies to Achieve the IOM’s Future of Nursing Recommendations
    Hartford, United States 2014
  • Interprofessional Nurse Practitioner Partnerships in Primary Care
    Seattle, United States 2014
  • VACHS Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education
    Boston, United States 2013
  • Does an Interprofessional Post-Graduate Health Professional Training Program in Primary Care Influence Career Choice? Initial Evidence from the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE)
    New Haven, United States 2013
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education: Lessons Learned in Year One
    Orlando, United States 2013
  • Expanding Health Policy Education: Integrating a Skills-Based Curriculum for the Next Generation of Practitioners
    Denver, United States 2013
  • Expanding Health Policy Education: Integrating a Skills-Based Curriculum for the Next Generation of Practitioners
    New Haven, United States 2013
  • Addressing the Gender Gap in LDL Control in Men and Women with Diabetes in a Large Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    New Haven, United States 2013
  • Addressing Outpatient Continuity for Residents: A Novel Tool for Longitudinal Primary Care Sign Out
    New Haven, United States 2013
  • Are Physician and Nurse Practitioner Trainees Building an Interprofessional Micro-Culture? A Qualitative Analysis of Professional and Group Identity Development at the Veterans Health Administration Connecticut Healthcare System Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE)”
    Denver, United States 2013
  • Are Physician and Nurse Practitioner Trainees Building an Interprofessional Micro-Culture? A Qualitative Analysis of Professional and Group Identity Development at the Veterans Health Administration Connecticut Healthcare System Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE)
    New Haven, United States 2013
  • Co-Developing Professional and Group Identity in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE): Resident and Nurse Practitioner Fellow Reflections
    Vancouver, Canada 2013
  • Interprofessional Collaboration and Identity Development at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE): A Qualitative Analysis
    Baltimore, United States 2013
  • Interprofessional Education in the VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education
    Washington, United States 2012
  • VACHS Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education
    Meriden, United States 2012
  • Development of an Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice Curriculum: Experience of the VACT Healthcare System COE
    Orlando, United States 2012
  • Defining Professional Roles in an Interdisciplinary Environment: The VACHS Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education
    Orlando, United States 2012
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education: Lessons Learned in Year 1
    Orlando, United States 2012
  • Medicine, Policy and Public Leadership: The Next Paradigm for Primary Care Education
    Orlando, United States 2012
  • MedLEAD: Building a Health Professional Curriculum in Medicine and Public Service
    Orlando, United States 2012
  • Developing an Interdisciplinary Primary Care Training Program: Pre-Program Assessment of Perceptions of Internal Medicine Residents and Nurse Practitioner Students
    Orlando, United States 2012
  • Medicine, Policy and Public Leadership: The Next Paradigm for Primary Care Education
    Southington, United States 2011
  • Developing an Interdisciplinary Primary Care Training Program: Pre-Program Assessment of Perceptions of Internal Medicine Residents and Nurse Practitioner Students
    Southington, United States 2011
  • Women’s Health Education and VA Medical Centers
    Minneapolis, United States 2010
  • Update on Women and Substance Abuse
    Chicago, United States 2004
  • Internal Medicine Residents Perspectives about Intimate Partner Violence, A Qualitative Analysis
    Chicago, United States 2004
  • Prime of Our Lives: A Seminar Series for Mid-Life Women
    New Haven, United States 2003
  • Update on Cardiovascular Disease in Women
    Atlanta, United States 2002
  • Evaluation of Internal Medicine Residents: Does Gender Bias Exist?
    Atlanta, United States 2002
  • Internal Medicine Residents’ Perspectives on Women’s Health
    Atlanta, United States 2002
  • Care of the Perimenopausal Woman: A Holistic Approach
    Waterbury, United States 2001
  • Management of the Perimenopause
    Waterbury, United States 2001
  • A Curriculum Exchange Model for Basic Office Gynecology/Reproductive Health and Primary Care Internal Medicine
    San Diego, United States 2001
  • Update on Lipids in Women
    Waterbury, United States 2000
  • Current Issues in Women’s Health
    Waterbury, United States 1999
  • Use of Herbal Therapies for Treatment of Medical Problems by Women in Three General Internal Medicine Practice Settings
    Providence, United States 1999
  • Depression Among Needle Exchange Program and Methadone Maintenance Clients
    Providence, United States 1999
  • Delay in Obtaining Conventional Health Care by Women Who Use Herbal Therapies
    Providence, United States 1999
  • Endothelial Dysfunction in Perimenopausal Women with Chest Pain
    Providence, United States 1999
  • Barriers to Obtaining Pap Smears in a Clinic Population
    Providence, United States 1999
  • Use of Herbal Therapies for Treatment of Medical Problems by Women in Three General Internal Medicine Practice Settings
    San Francisco, United States 1999
  • Depression Among Needle Exchange Program and Methadone Maintenance Clients
    San Francisco, United States 1999
  • Delay in Obtaining Conventional Health Care by Women who Use Herbal Therapies
    San Francisco, United States 1999
  • Endothelial Dysfunction and Generalized Vasomotor Instability in Perimenopausal Women with Chest Pain
    Chicago, United States 1998
  • Metal Exposure and Parkinson’s Disease Mortality
    New York, United States 1991
  • Characteristics of Patients with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease, A Descriptive Case-Series
    Los Angeles, United States 1990
  • Oral Contraceptive Use Appears to Protect Against Low Bone Mass
    Los Angeles, United States 1990
  • Metal Exposure and Parkinson’s Disease Mortality
    Salt Lake City, United States 1990
  • Oral Contraceptive Use Appears to Protect Against Low Bone Mass
    Chicago, United States 1989
  • History of Fracture Associated with Low Bone Density Irrespective of Site of Measurement
    Montreal, Canada 1989
  • Reproductive and Medical Factors Associated with Bone Mass in Women
    Birmingham, United States 1989
  • Oral Contraceptive Use Appears to Protect Against Low Bone Mass
    Seattle, United States 1989
  • Occupational Injuries and Accidents in Ford Motor Company Employees Across the U.S
    Hollywood, United States 1989

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Education Research Poster Award WinnerMedical Education Day2018
Innovations in Education Poster Award WinnerMedical Education Day2017
Co-chair, Academic Patient Aligned Care Team Interest GroupSociety of General Internal Medicine2015
First Prize: Trainee-Mentored Oral PresentationConnecticut State Medical Society and American Society of Addiction Medicine2014
Co-chair Interprofessional Education Interest GroupSociety of General Internal Medicine2013
“I-CARE” AwardVeterans Health Administration, Veterans Integrated Service Network 1, Network Director2013
Alpha Omega AlphaMichigan State University, College of Human Medicine1994
Regents Alumni ScholarUniversity of Michigan1986

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
ACCME Committee Faculty Planner, “A Day in the Boots of a Hero”, Department of Veterans Affairs, Employee Education System and VHA Field Accreditation Services, and VA Connecticut Healthcare System/VISN 1Committee Member2017 - Present
Journal of Interprofessional CareReviewer2015 - 2019
Yale Internal Medicine Residency Program Evaluation CommitteeMember2015 - 2017
Society of General Internal Medicine, VA Academic Patient Aligned Care Teams Interest GroupChair2015 - Present
Society of General Internal Medicine, Annual Meeting Planning CommitteeMember2014 - 2015
Society of General Internal Medicine, 2015 SGIM Annual Meeting Planning CommitteeCommittee Member2014
Co-Leader, Yale General Internal Medicine Faculty Development Seminar, “Effective Thinking”Lead2014
Veterans Health Administration IAPACT (Interprofessional Academic Patient Aligned Care Team) VISN 1 Representative, Veterans Health AdministrationRepresentative2014 - Present
Society of General Internal Medicine, Interprofessional Education Interest GroupCo-Chair2014 - Present
Society of General Internal Medicine, SGIM VA Task ForceMember2014 - Present
National Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education Evaluation WorkgroupParticipant2013 - Present
Longitudinal Curriculum Education Redesign CommitteeMember2012 - 2013
General Medicine Section Medical Director Leadership CommitteeMember2012 - Present
Volunteer, CT Food BankVolunteer2012 - Present
National Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education Scholarly Activity Review GroupCo-Chair2011 - 2014
Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education Annual Meeting Planning CommitteeCommittee Member2011
Journal of Interprofessional EducationReviewer2010 - 2019
Women Veterans Cohort Study, VA Connecticut Healthcare SystemPhysician2010 - 2011
Society of General Internal Medicine, Annual Meeting, Scientific Abstracts, Workshop SubmissionsReviewer2010 - Present
Physician Volunteer, American Warriors FoundationVolunteer2010 - Present
Academic MedicineReviewer2009 - 2019
Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, VA Medical Center, West Haven, CTMember2009 - 2011
Women’s Health Advisory Board, VA Connecticut Healthcare SystemBoard Member2009 - 2011
VA Connecticut Healthcare System Primary Care Leadership Process Management CommitteeMember2009 - Present
Journal of General Internal MedicineReviewer2006 - 2019
Society of General Internal Medicine, Women’s Health Medical Education Interest GroupChair2002 - 2004
Contemporary Internal MedicineReviewer2000 - 2004
Status of Women in Medicine, School of MedicineMember2000 - 2003
Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Admission Selection CommitteeMember1999 - 2004
Gender MedicineReviewer1999 - 2004
Journal of Clinical EpidemiologyReviewer1999 - 2002
Society of General Internal MedicineMember1997 - Present

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