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Family Medicine News
Faculty Role Changes
Wayne Altman, MD, FAAFP, our innovative Family Medicine Clerkship Director at Tufts over the past 18 years, will become Vice Chair of our department. Dr. Altman is a legend here at Tufts, having received 20 + teaching awards. He will continue to supervise FM Faculty teaching in 20 different courses at Tufts. He will continue to direct the Foundations of Patient Care curriculum in the first two years as well as our Clinical Skills Interclerkship for third years. He has developed and will continue to run the Annual Primary Care Precepting Faculty Development Conference, now in its 19th year, and more successful than ever.
The Tufts FM Clerkship will remain in excellent hands as Dr. Deb Erlich, MD, MMed Ed, will become the new Clerkship Director. Deb is a Triple Jumbo as she graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2007, completed her training at the Tufts FM Residency at CHA in 2010, and subsequently completed a two-year Master Teacher Fellowship. Since then, she has done some impressive and innovative work in both medical student education and graduate medical education.
Congratulations Wayne & Deb!
We are delighted to report that at the Dean's Award Ceremony, 9 prestigious Teaching Awards were presented for the whole school and 3 of the 9 went to family physicians.
, our Chair of Family Medicine at Tufts was given the Milton and Natalie Zucker Clinical Teaching Prize in recognition of her longstanding excellence in teaching Tufts medical students and her leadership with the new and innovative Tufts Student Service Scholars Program.
was awarded the prestigious Mark Aisner, MD Award for Excellence in Teaching Physical Diagnosis. George has been expertly teaching medical students at all levels, residents, and faculty physical diagnosis for many years.
was given the Outstanding Teacher in the Competency-based Apprenticeship in Primary care (CAP) Course Award. Damian was recognized for his extraordinary teaching and mentorship he has offered Tufts students for many years.
Congratulations to Randy, George, and Damian!
Family Medicine Director of Medical Student Education, Dr. Wayne Altman, was recently promoted to the rank of Professor of Family Medicine. Dr. Altman has been with the department for over 10 years and has contributed significantly to the rise of Family Medicine at TUSM. He is the Director of the Family Medicine Clerkship, which under his leadership, has consistently been the highest ranked at TUSM. Dr. Altman was formally recognized for his promotion in June 2015 by Dr. Harris Berman. Congratulations, Professor Altman!
Class of 2015 Awards
Dr. Toby Wesselhoeft Family Medicine Award
Audra Williams and Lisa Kipersztok were awarded the Dr. Toby Wesselhoeft Family Medicine Award. This award was established in 2007 by family, friends, and colleagues to honor Dr. Toby Wesselhoeft. It is given to a medical student who has chosen a career in family medicine, and who, in the opinion of the faculty, has shown the clinical excellence, compassion and service exemplified by Dr. Wesselhoeft. Congratulations to Audra & Lisa!
Dean's Outstanding Mentor Award
Family Medicine Director of Medical Student Education, Dr. Wayne Altman, was awarded the Dean's Outstanding Mentor Award. The recipient of this award is chosen by the graduating class. Dr. Altman was also invited to lead the class in recitation of the Modern Hippocratic Oath at this year's commencement ceremony.
Honos Civicus Society
11 of the 28 graduating medical students selected for the 2015 Honos Civicus Society were Family Medicine students. Latin for “Civic Honors,” this celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating fourth year students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Faculty Members Recognized as Top Docs
We are delighted to report that four of the 8 family medicine doctors recognized as Boston's Top Doctors by Boston Magazine hold faculty appointment at TUSM. These faculty members include Family Medicine Director of Medical Student Education Dr. Wayne Altman, along with community preceptors Drs. Geoffrey Burns, Patty Sereno, and Laura Zucker. This is the fifth year that Dr. Altman has been on this list. Congratulations to all!
Joshua St. Louis and Jessica Reader were awarded the Dr. Toby Wesselhoeft Family Medicine Award. This award was established in 2007 by family, friends, and colleagues to honor Dr. Toby Wesselhoeft. It is given to a medical student who has chosen a career in family medicine, and who, in the opinion of the faculty, has shown the clinical excellence, compassion and service exemplified by Dr. Wesselhoeft.
Dr. Wayne Altman was honored with an "Excellence in Teaching" award. This was established to commend those faculty members who demonstrated a sincere concern for students, an ability to share knowledge effectively, and a manner that inspired by example. Congratulations to all!
Faculty Receives Teaching Prize
Dr. Amy Lee, MD, FAAFP has been awarded the Milton O. M30 and Natalie V. Zucker Clinical Teaching Prize for Innovation in Medical Education for 2014. Dr. Lee was selected based on her commitment to teaching TUSM students and her work in developing innovative approaches to enhance education in cultural competency.
Faculty Member Serves as Visiting Research Professor
Dr. Amy Lee, MD, FAAFP served as Visiting Research Professor to SUNY Upstate Medical University's Department of Family Medicine in October, 2013. She is collaborating on an educational research project with Christopher Morley, PhD and Emily Mader, MPH, MPP, looking at the effectiveness of online teaching of cross-cultural communication skills. This team will be presenting their research findings at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX in May, 2014.
New Family Medicine Department Administrator
Family Medicine welcomed its new department administrator, Jessica Alvarez, in September. Jessica comes from an academic background, having previously worked nine years at Boston College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts while working at BC and is excited to contribute to the Family Medicine Department at TUSM. Please stop by the department to say hello.
Faculty Member Receives Prestigious Award
Assistant Clinical Professor of family medicine Dr. Debra Rothenberg was awarded the Natalie V. Zucker Clinical Teaching Prize for Innovation as presented by Tufts University School of Medicine. Beloved by her students, Dr. Rothenberg leads the Scientific Foundations of Social and Behavioral Medicine course at Maine Medical Center for TUSM students participating in the Maine Track.
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