Eamon C Armstrong
- Clinical Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
I completed my medical training (MBBCh) at The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa in 1987 and did my internship at the Johannesburg Hospital. Thereafter I held a series of positions before immigrating to the USA in 1993.
I completed my Family Medicine residency training in 1997 at the Highland Hospital/University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency Program in Rochester New York. This 42-year-old program is arguably the one of the premiere training programs in the US and the world. Rochester is also the epicenter of the ‘biopsychosocial model’ developed by George Engel and this remains a core part of my practice of medicine and teaching.
On completion of my residency training, I passed my specialty board exams to become a Board-Certified specialist family physician. During my tenure with the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine I did a faculty development fellowship.
My areas of interest are broad and include the ever burgeoning field of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and more specifically ‘patient-centered point-point-of care EBM’, In July 2012 I graduated with distinction with an MSc in International Primary Health Care from the University of London. The degree focused on organizational change at all levels including guideline implementation, and on improving service delivery. Throughout there was a strong emphasis on research in primary care.
Before moving to Tucson and joining Banner Health and the University of Arizona I lived and worked in Tuba City AZ serving the Navajo and Hopi Nations for close to four years. I am based at the BUMG Alvernon Family Medicine Clinic and Residency Program. Here I see patients and supervise and teach residents. I am an Associate Clinical Professor with the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Clerkship Director for the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
- International Primary Health Care
- University of London, London, United Kingdom
- M.D. Medicine
- University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
- University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona (2019 - Ongoing)
- Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (2016 - 2019)
- US Peace Corps (2014 - 2015)
- Johannesburg Metro District (2013 - 2014)
- University of the Witwatersrand (2013 - 2014)
- University of the Witwatersrand Medical School (2010 - 2013)
- Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona (2005 - 2010)
- Lehigh Valley Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program (2000 - 2005)
- University of Wisconsin (1997 - 2000)
- Highland Hospital & University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency Program (1994 - 1997)
- Albert Einstein Medical Center (1993 - 1994)
- The Vice-Chancellor’s team teaching and learning award - awarded to the team who run the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) Program
- University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, Johannesburg, South Africa, Summer 2013
- Visiting Professor Bayfront Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program
- University of South Florida College of Medicine, Spring 2006
- Teacher of The Year Award in Family Medicine
- Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Pennsylvania, Fall 2004
- Dean’s Special Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
- Drexel University College of Medicine, Pennsylvania, Fall 2003
- Pool Trust Grant - EPOC (Evidence at the Point-Of-Care) Project.
- Pool Trust, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Fall 2003
- Headley White Award - Clinical Teacher of the Year in Family Practice.
- Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown PA, Fall 2002
- Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown PA, Fall 2000
- Visiting Professor
- Brown University Department of Family Medicine, Rhode Island, Fall 2002
- Senior CEDS (Center for Educational Development & Support) Fellowship
- Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown PA, Fall 2001
- Teacher of the Year Award in Family Medicine
- Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Pennsylvania, Fall 2001
Licensure & Certification
- Family Medicine Certification, American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) (1997)
- Medical Licensure, Arizona Medical Board (2004)
- Medical Licensure, Pennsylvania Department of State (2000)
- Medical Licensure, Wisconsin Medical Board (1997)
All aspects of family medicine. In particular what I call 'Patient-centered evidence-based medicine at the point of care'. This focuses on just-in-time learning around real patients and how to use this not only to improve the care we provide, but also become adult and lifelong learners who can keep up to date. Additionally the integration of the 'biopsychosocial model' and 'patient-centered clinical method' into all aspects of care provided by the residents we train.
1. Research into the most effective ways of recruiting community preceptors for the Family Medicine Clerkship I direct. 2. Measuring the success of our strategies to do effective preceptor development with our student preceptors.
Family Medicine ClinicalFCM 813C2 (Fall 2020)
- Armstrong, E. C. (2010). Are bisphosphonates effective in preventing fractures?. American family physician, 81(7), 840.
- Armstrong, E. C. (2008). Turning Evidence into Practice one patient at a time - KM Seedat Memorial Lecture, 14th National Family Practitioner’s Conference, August 8th, 2008. Proceedings of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, 52(1), 48-50.
- Armstrong, E. C. (2005). Reaction to "new meningococcal vaccine recommendations under consideration". Journal of American college health : J of ACH, 54(2), 127-8; author reply 129.
- Armstrong, E. C. (2003). Aspirin, clopidogrel, or both for secondary prevention of coronary disease. The New England journal of medicine, 348(6), 560-3; author reply 560-3.
- Armstrong, E. C. (2003). Harnessing New Technologies While Preserving Basic Values. Families, Systems & Health, 21(1), 351-355.
- Armstrong, E. C., Alper, B. S., Stevermer, J. J., White, D. S., & Ewigman, B. G. (2002). Which database for which search?. The Journal of family practice, 51(2), 181-2; author reply 182.
- Armstrong, E. (1999). Problem-based learning in a clerkship is debated. Family Medicine, 31(5), 306.
- Armstrong, E. C. (1999). The well-built clinical question: the key to finding the best evidence efficiently. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 26-28.
- Armstrong, E. (1998). Racial/ethnic labels are not necessary. Family Medicine, 30(8), 542.
- Armstrong, E. (1995). Azathioprine alone is bone sparing and does not alter Cycosporin A induced osteopenia in the rat. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 10(1), 132-138.
- Armstrong, E. (1994). Interferon-gamma causes loss of bone volume in vivo and fails to ameliorate Cyclosporin A-induced osteopenia. Endocrinology, 135(3), 1077-1083.
- Armstrong, E. (1983). The ductility of native beeswax is optimally related to honeybee colony temperature. South African Journal of Science, 79, 416-417.
- Armstrong, E. (2014, March). Turning Evidence into practice one patient at a time.. Paediatric Management Group (PMG) Annual Conference – Discovery Health Forum. Johannesburg, South Africa: Discovery Health.
- Armstrong, E. (2013, March). A randomized controlled trial (RCT) to identify the effect of test request form design on the number and cost of tests ordered by GPs in Johannesburg. Poster presentation at Evidence Alive 2013 - International EBM (evidence-based medicine) conference. Oxford, England: Oxford University Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.More infoAdjudicated to be one of the top 5 poster presentations.
- Armstrong, E. (2011, June). “Morning POEMs (Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters)” – Teaching Point-of-Care, Patient Centered Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). Annual SAAHE (South African Association of Health Educators) Conference. Potchefstroom, South Africa: SAAHE.
- Armstrong, E. (2008, August). KM Seedat Memorial Lecture – Turning Evidence into Practice, One Patient at a Time. Opening Plenary Address of the 14th National Family Practitioners’ Conference, South Africa. Rustenburg, South Africa: South African Academy of Family Medicine.
- Armstrong, E. (2008, august). The challenge of implementing clinical practice guidelines: What works and what doesn’t?. 14th National Family Practitioners’ Conference. Rustenburg, South Africa: South African Academy of Family Practice.More info, Rustenburg, SOUTH AFRICA
- Armstrong, E. (2006, August). An Evidence-Based Approach to Cardiovascular Risk Management in Type II Diabetics. Grand Rounds Flagstaff Medical Center. Flagstaff Arizona: Flagstaff Medical Center, Flagstaff AZ.
- Armstrong, E. (2006, March). “Morning POEMs (Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters)” – Teaching Point-of-Care, Patient Centered Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). Grand Rounds All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida – Affiliate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.. St. Petersburg, FL: All Children's Hospital St. Petersburg, FL.
- Armstrong, E. (2006, May). A Rational and Practical Approach to Diagnostic Testing. American College Health Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY: American College Health Association (ACHA).
- Armstrong, E. (2006, October). Evidence at the point-of-care using the Internet. 69th Annual Meeting of The Pacific College Health Association. Vancouver, Canada, BC: Pacific College Health Association.More info. 69th Annual Meeting of The Pacific College Health Association, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
- Armstrong, E. (2005, January). Critical Appraisal Made Easy. Combined Grand Rounds Lehigh Valley Hospital, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Surgery. Allentown, PA.
- Armstrong, E. (2005, June). Improving performance at the Point -of-Care Using the Web. Pri-Med Practice Solutions Midwest Conference. Chicago, IL: Pri-Med.More infoImproving performance at the Point -of-Care Using the Web. Pri-Med Practice Solutions, Pri-Med Midwest Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
- Armstrong, E. (2004, December). Medical Knowledge and Practice-based Learning and Improvement. ACGME/IHI Invitational Conference. Orlando, FL: ACGME/IHI.More infoConference, Orlando, Florida.
- Armstrong, E. (2004, May). Using the Internet to Answer Clinical Questions – Seminar. 37th STFM Annual Conference. Toronto, Canada: STFM.
- Armstrong, E. (2004, November). Evidence-Based Medicine and Continuous Learning on The Web. Pri-Med Practice Solutions Midatlantic Conference. Washington, DC: Pri-Med.
- Armstrong, E. (2004, October). A Rational and Practical Approach to Diagnostic Testing. Wonca 2004 – 17th World Conference of Family Doctors. Orlando, FL.More infog. Workshop: , Orlando, Florida, USA.
- Armstrong, E. (2004, October). Morning POEMs (Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters) – Teaching point-of-care patient-centered EBM. Wonca 2004 – 17th World Conference of Family Doctors. Orlando, FL.More info. Seminar: W, Orlando, Florida, U
- Armstrong, E. (2003, March). Seminar organizer and gave workshop “Keeping Score: How to read and analyze journal articles”. PRIMARY CARE SEMINAR SERIES: “SPRING TRAINING - Skills to Stay Ahead of the Game”. Allentown, PA: Lehigh Valley Hospital.
- Armstrong, E. (2002, August). Evidence at the point-of-care. Brown University and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Family Medicine Grand Rounds. Pawtucket, RI: Brown University Department of Family Medicine.
- Armstrong, E. (2001, May). Morning POEMs: Teaching EBM in the Context of Patient Care. 34th STFM Spring Conference. Denver, CO: STFM.
- Armstrong, E. (2001, November). Developing the teaching skills of residents through interactive Resident-As-Teacher Workshops (Poster Presentation). AAMC Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: AAMC.
- Armstrong, E. (2000, December). What the ADA didn’t tell you about type II diabetes. Family Medicine Grand Rounds Presentation. Allentown, PA: Lehigh Valley Hospital Family Medicine Department.
- Armstrong, E. (2000, May). Evidence at the point-of-care. Hot Topics In Primary Care. Eau Claire, WI: Luther Midelfort Hospital.
- Armstrong, E. (2000, September). Evidence at the point- of-care. Faculty Development Seminar. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
- Armstrong, E. (1999, April). On the Need for Evidence-Based Medicine: The Problem, The Solution, and what's being done at the Eau Claire Family Medicine Residency Program to remedy the Problem. CME Presentation. Eau Claire, WI: Sacred Heart Hospital.
- Armstrong, E. (1999, March). Workshop on Problem-Based Learning (PBL). University of Wisconsin Primary Care Clerkship Retreat. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin.
- Armstrong, E. (1999, October). Barriers and Enhancers of Regular Diabetic Care - Research Presentation. 1999 Wisconsin Primary Care Research Forum. Wisconsin Dells, WI: Wisconsin Primary Care Research Forum.
- Armstrong, E. (1998, December). An Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Curriculum for a Family Medicine Residency. Presentation of "Teachers for Tomorrow" faculty development fellowship project to co-fellows and faculty. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine.