Kristin Gourlay

Health Care Reporter

Kristin Espeland Gourlay joined Rhode Island Public Radio in July 2012. Before arriving in Providence, Gourlay covered the environment for Louisville, KY’s NPR station. And prior to that, she was a reporter and host for Wyoming Public Radio.

Gourlay earned her MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and her BA in anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

She’s won multiple national, regional, and local awards for her reporting, and her work has aired on NPR and stations throughout the country. She’s particularly proud of the variety of protective clothing she’s had to wear on assignment, including helmets, waders, safety goggles, and snowshoes.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Gourlay loves making music, cooking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, dogs, and cat.

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Health Care
12:29 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Primary Care and Graduate Medical Education Funding: A New Model?

Rhode Island's Biggest Teaching Hospital

A new study in the journal Academic Medicine provides one of the first looks at a program created by the Affordable Care Act in 2010 to train more primary care doctors. It’s a pretty different model than the traditional one, where the government, through Medicare, makes payments to teaching hospitals to help fund graduate medical education (like a residency program for doctors-in-training).

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Sandy cancelled about 300 blood drives

Superstorm Sandy took out power, down trees, canceled classes and meetings and flights galore. But she also sent some unexpected disruptions. The Red Cross says the storm forced it to cancel about 300 blood drives. And it’s not sure yet what might be the long term impacts of those lost donations and power outages. Here’s what Red Cross chief medical officer Dr. Richard Benjamin said on their web site about what is known:

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Mass. to consider assisted suicide

My friend Sacha Pfeiffer at WBUR filed this story for NPR about a ballot question Massachusetts voters will be asked to answer this November.  If voters approve the measure, that would make it the third state to legalize a lethal prescription for terminally ill patients who wish to end their lives.

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Health Care
12:22 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Medical School Enrollment at All-Time High

A new report out from the Association of American Medical Colleges says medical school enrollment is up, and that we’re on track to increase it 30% by 2016.

Here are the numbers:

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

RI Medical Society celebrates 200 years with lecture series

UPDATE:The first lecture in this series has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1 at 5 pm.

The Rhode Island Medical Society is marking its 200th anniversary with a series of neuroscience-related lectures, all free and open to the public. The lectures are co-sponsored by Brown’s Institute for Brain Science and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute.

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

How Obama and Romney differ on health care

For Rhode Islanders who are still a bit fuzzy on that or undecided about how to cast their vote, here are a couple of great resources.

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Health Care
1:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Dartmouth Also Redesigning Its Curriculum

Another top medical school is redesigning its curriculum right now. You can practically watch Dartmouth's progress in real time via the lively discussions in town halls. Here's a recent one, framed by the need for change because of the explosion of medical knowledge since the last time the curriculum was updated.

The Pulse
12:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Landmark Medical’s suitor buying up hospitals nationwide

Prime Healthcare Services, the latest suitor to try to buy Woonsocket’s struggling Landmark Medical Center, is “on a buying spree,” says Modern Healthcare magazine. Prime has closed deals on six financially troubled hospitals and announced its intent to buy Landmark in the past year. The story mention’s Prime’s public relations problems, including a tussle with the Service Employees International Union and an investigation over its billing practices in California, where the firm is based.

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Future Docs
5:43 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Future Docs 2: Rethinking Med School

Dr. Phil Gruppuso
Photo by Brown University

There's more on our future docs series, including a brief history of medical education in the U.S.here.

Dr. Phil Gruppuso started out as a pediatrician. He says that when he entered med school in the 1970s, his path looked really clear.

"It was pretty simple for me. I was able to complete medical school knowing that I would become a licensed physician and would practice medicine in a system that was not very different than the one I'd grown up in. And that was really true until about five to 10 years ago."

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Health Care
3:06 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Rethinking Medical School

Medical school isn’t what it used to be. Budding doctors have to learn more and study harder than they ever have. And changes in the health care system are prompting even more dramatic changes inside medical schools. Next in our series Future Docs, learn how Brown University has adapted, from the man who helped redesign the curriculum.
 

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