Muhamad Y. Elrashidi, M.D.

  • Consultant, Division of Primary Care Internal Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

What moment or experience in your life influenced your decision to be a clinician?

Ultimately, I think it was a combination of many moments or experiences over time that influenced me to become a physician. Growing up, I certainly enjoyed science and saw a career in medicine as a way to apply that knowledge and unique skills in the service and caring of others.

I also had many wonderful role clinician models and mentors who were always very encouraging and who demonstrated the positive and meaningful impact we can have on both individual patients and their community.

What motivated you to become a Population Health Scholar?

As clinicians and caregivers, we have a responsibility to be effective advocates and stewards of health care. Increasingly, it is apparent how important the interplay is between the overall health and well-being of the community and that of any one individual.

The Population Health Scholars Program is a unique opportunity to not only study the distribution of health outcomes and their determinants in the community we serve but also develop and investigate approaches to affect the key factors of those determinants in order to improve health.

In addition, the chance to work with the nationally and internationally recognized expertise and experience of mentors and faculty within the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is exciting and invaluable.

What was your initial focus as a scholar within the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery?

Public and private payers are rapidly transitioning toward value-based payment as increasing numbers of Americans develop chronic and comorbid diseases. This results in greater demand for primary and specialty care at a time when there are geographic shortages of both primary care providers and specialists.

Integrated behavioral health models address this challenge and adopt the medical neighborhood paradigm to improve delivery of mental health care. However, the efficacy of integrated models for other specialties is unclear. Developing novel, demonstrably high-value care models that leverage specialty expertise, enhance primary-specialty care coordination and do not further fragment care delivery is critically needed.

My interest is on studying the impact of various care delivery models and modalities on the Mayo Value Equation with respect to outcomes, quality and cost. In particular, I am examining aspects of the primary care medical home and impact of the new community-based specialty hub on the Mayo Clinic Employee and Community Health practice.

As a scholar in receipt of extended funding, what will your additional focus be?

To date, my research has led to several presentations and publications.

Based on findings from our systematic review, published in "Healthcare" (Amsterdam), there is a current gap in the literature with respect to well-developed studies examining integrated models in specialties beyond behavioral health and their impact on aspects of high-value care. For example, our publications on integrated neurology represent the first such models described in the literature.

The extended scholar funding will support continued investigation into integrated cardiology, ophthalmology, physical medicine and other specialty services.

How will your research improve patient care or impact public health?

My hope is that the work we do will help us continue to deliver high-value care to our patients and the communities we serve as well as sustain our ability to continue that mission.

Why did you choose Mayo Clinic to pursue your career?

As a native, lifelong Minnesotan, Mayo Clinic was well-known to me as an exceptional, world-class academic health center. I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to complete my residency and fellowship training here and experience the outstanding collegial and collaborative environment firsthand.

However, I continue to be amazed at the high level of talent, integration and dedicated support our colleagues and Mayo Clinic as a whole provide in order for us to continue advancing the field of medicine and health care delivery while serving the needs of our patients.