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Faculty Awards

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.

Randy Wertheimer, 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.

George Maxted 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.

Damian Archer 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!


Faculty Promotion

Professor Altman and Dr. Harris Berman

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 OutstaLisa and Audra with Dr. Altmannding 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!

Graduation Awards

Jessica Reader, Wayne Altman, Josh St. Louis

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

Emily Mader, Christopher Morley, and Amy Lee

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.

Emmy Award Winning Community Preceptor

Family medicine department and Greater Lawrence Family Health Center faculty member Dr. Christine Rooney is a busy woman. As a mother, medical director, primary care doctor, and teacher of Tufts students and Lawrence residents, it's amazing that she finds the time to work as Executive Producer of Jonathan Bird's Blue World, an educational television and web series that has won eight New England Emmy Awards.

Fourth Years Travel to Kansas City

From July 26 through 28, 2012, a group of 11 fourth-year Tufts medical students attended the American Academy of Family Physicians 2012 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City, MO.

Historic Match

TUSM matched 22 medical school students, or 12% percent of its 2012 graduating class, to residency programs in family medicine. This is the largest number of matches ever in family medicine at Tufts, more than double the average percentage of the previous three years, and approximately four percentage points above the national average of students matching in family medicine.

Family Medicine Faculty Honored

This past spring, two of the five major annual teaching awards bestowed on TUSM faculty by the graduating class went to family medicine faculty members. The Dr. Jack Mitus Special Faculty Recognition Award was given to Associate Professor and Family Medicine Director of Medical Student Education Dr. Wayne Altman. Assistant Professor and Cultural Competency Key Theme Leader Dr. Amy Lee was awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation as selected by the M12 class.

Match Day 2013

A record 24 Tufts students from the class of 2013 have chosen careers in family medicine (12.4% of the class, compared to the national average of 8.3%). Additionally, one student from the class of 2010 switched into family medicine this year. These numbers eclipse last year's record of 22 students and 12% of the class.


This year’s graduating class includes the first group of TUSM students to complete the Maine Track—seven of whom have chosen careers in family medicine. WCSH-TV NBC 6 Portland and WLBZ-TV NBC 2 Bangor picked up the story, and Maine Track student Chad Szylvian reflected on the impact of the program on his choice of residency in an essay published on WBUR’s Common Health Blog.

Top-Ranked Clerkship Gets Even Better

In the 2011-2012 academic year, the Family Medicine Clerkship led by Dr. Wayne Altman expanded from a four-week to a six-week rotation. With that expansion came the implementation of a new curriculum that was two years in the making. The results were stellar. For the fifth straight year, TUSM students ranked the FM Clerkship highest among all of the school’s core clerkships.

CAP Course Garners National Attention

In a Chronicle of Higher Education article by Katherine Mangan, the FM faculty-led Competency-based Apprenticeship in Primary Care (CAP) is cited as an example of a new model of medical education in the context of a changing economic and political landscape. 

Innovative Model for Teaching Family Medicine Residents

A new model for training residents in family medicine, under development at the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency program at Cambridge Health Alliance, relies less on training in hospitals and, instead, emphasizes training at the type of clinics where family medicine doctors are most apt to work.

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