David Richard, MD

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    1988 …2020

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    Research interests

    Dr. David Richard's research interests have focused on patient communication with an emphasis on motivational interviewing and shared decision-making. Longitudinal curricular development for medical students, physician assistant students and medical residents from initial communication skills to advanced communication skills has been the focus of much of his work. Additional efforts have targeted seasoned clinicians to promote patient-centeredness, motivational interviewing and shared decision-making in practice. Dr. Richard also has focused attention on professionalism, empathy and reflective practice for a wide range of medical professionals to be cognizant of in everyday practice.

    Teaching and educational interests

    Dr. David Richard teaches at Penn State College of Medicine year-round in the areas of preventive medicine, evidence-based medicine, communication skills and professionalism. He uses medical actors for advanced communication skills on a regular basis as a way to give feedback to the learners on their skillsets. He enjoys teaching and using point-of-care resources to showcase how to provide patients with the most up-to-date information to make informed decisions. He enjoys working with all learners to help promote patient-centered care and shared decision-making.

    Clinical interests

    Dr. David Richard's clinical interests are related to preventive care and the promotion of shared decision-making in practice. He feels that the patient is in the best position to make decisions about their care when they are well-informed using the latest guidelines and data and when their provider is listening to their concerns. Dr. Richard believes meeting the patient where they are in the decision-making process allows for open person-centered communication and lasting relationships.

    Professional information

    Member, Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2012 to present

    Member, Family Medicine Education Consortium, 2011 to present

    Member, American Academy of Family Physicians, 2010 to present

    Member, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, 2010 to present

    Member, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2007 to present

    Board-certified in family medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, 1987

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Family Medicine, Residency, Geisinger Medical Center


    MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University

    … → 1984

    Biochemistry, BS, Juniata College

    … → 1980


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