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Ruth M Parker, M.D.

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Long Description: Dr. Parker joined the Emory faculty in 1988 and was Co-Director of the Walk-In Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital for several years. Her clinical interests are in general internal medicine, with special focus on the broader clinical and health issues most relevant to underserved populations. She has focused all her clinical work at Grady Memorial Hospital, an ideal setting for those with interest in the health of underserved patient populations. She was in-patient attending on the general medicine service for years, and has continuously served as a general medicine attending in the urgent care setting. As clinic co-director, she organized teaching conferences for residents and obtained grant funding for incorporating on-site services of a social worker into the urgent care setting. She also facilitated the funding and administrative work to obtain a nurse practitioner with expertise in out-patient gynecology for the walk-in clinic. Efforts to incorporate the services of these providers grew from her observations of the unique role of walk-in care for underserved patients. Efforts to provide preventive services at the point of contact led to on-site cervical and breast cancer screening in the walk-in setting, and an enhanced role for a social service provider that could link patients in need of housing, food, jobs, substance abuse counseling, and mental health counseling to community resources. Teaching of residents and medical students in the walk- in clinic setting included education about the role of these extended care providers.

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