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General Preventive Medicine Residency

Alefiyah Mesiwala

I currently work at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (the CMS Innovation Center) which fosters healthcare transformation by finding new ways to pay for and deliver health care that improves the quality of care, and enhances health while lowering costs.

mesiwalaEstablished by the Affordable Care Act, the CMS Innovation Center is a new engine for revitalizing and sustaining Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and ultimately for improving the health care system for all Americans. Toward this end, the Center has launched numerous innovative models that are transforming health care through programs such as the Pioneer ACOs, the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, and the Health Care Innovation Awards, etc.

My training in general clinical medicine and preventive medicine has been key to providing me the broad knowledge base and skills I need to be successful with my work.

The program at Johns Hopkins provided the flexibility I needed to take the classes I enjoyed, explore my public health and policy interests through a variety of rotations in different settings, and provided me a lifelong community of residents, faculty and professional colleagues to support me through my career endeavors.

I draw upon my experiences from training all the time to analyze policy issues in medicine and public health, to better communicate and engage stakeholders, and to directly help health care innovators in the field with the work that they do.

All in all, my fantastic training has given me the edge to do work that I find interesting and meaningful everyday!