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2015 Award Winners

Curtis G. Hames Research AwardDiane Harper, MD, MPH, MS

Diane Harper, MD, MPH, MS, has had a full research career with funding from many sources including federal, state, foundations, philanthropic organizations, and industry, from which she has published more than 150 peer-reviewed research papers to advance cancer prevention. Her research statements have influenced global health care for women. She is now the Rowntree endowed chair and professor at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine where she continues to promote student, resident, fellow, and faculty cross-collaborative research while working to innovate payment reform for primary care and workforce engagements in the state of Kentucky.

STFM Best Research Paper AwardAccepted by Jeffrey Scherrer, PhD

Winning Paper: Prescription Opioid Analgesics Increase the Risk of Depression

Jeffery F. Scherrer, PhD; Dragan M. Svrakic, MD, PhD; Kenneth E. Freedland, PhD; Timothy Chrusciel, MPH; Sumitra Balasubramanian, MS; Kathleen K. Bucholz, PhD; Elizabeth V. Lawler, DSc, MPH; and Patrick Lustman, PHD

Prescription opioid analgesic use has quintupled recently. Evidence linking opioid use with depression emanates from animal modes and studies of persons with co-occurring substance use and major depression. Little is known about depressogenic effects of opioid use in other populations. The purpose of this study was to determine whether prescription opioids are associated with increased risk of diagnoses of depression.

(J Gen Intern Med 2015;March;29(3):491-9)

STFM Advocate Award—Dennis Dimitri, MD

Dennis Dimitri, MD, is a clinical associate professor and vice chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMASS Memorial Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians and is currently a Massachusetts delegate for the AAFP Congress of Delegates. Dr Dimitri has been a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s House of Delegates since 1989 and is the Society’s current president-elect. He has served on a number of MMS committees with emphasis on issues of advocacy, legislation and regulation, and physician workforce. He has also served as an officer for the Worcester District Medical Society and chaired its legislative committee and legislative breakfasts. He has previously been appointed to serve on the Massachusetts Healthcare Workforce Advisory Council. He received his MD at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC.

F. Marian Bishop Award—Carlos Moreno, MD, MSPH

Carlos A. Moreno, MD, MSPH, is the C. Frank Webber chair in family medicine and professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UTHealth, the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center. Before coming to UTHealth, Dr Moreno was a faculty member for 14 years at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. From 2001 to 2005 he was vice president for Community and Education Outreach at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr Moreno is a board-certified family physician and is actively involved in the teaching of medical students and family medicine residents as well as maintaining an active clinical practice. He is a past president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the STFM Foundation. He is also an At-Large Board Member for the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. He has served on the NIH, National Library of Medicine’s Literature Selection and Technical Review Committee, the HHS, HRSA Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry, the Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics, National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, and as a reviewer for HRSA Family Medicine Training Grants. In 2006, he was selected as a Bishop fellow by the STFM Foundation and participated in a year-long leadership development program.

STFM Innovative Program AwardfmCASES

fmCASES is a set of online, virtual patient cases that lead medical students through the full breadth and depth of family medicine. These virtual patient cases build clinical competency, fill educational gaps, and help instill the core values and attitudes of family medicine. They foster self-directed and independent study, build clinical problem-solving skills, and teach an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to care. The cases encompass the learning objectives of the National Family Medicine Clerkship Curriculum. For the past 6 years, a team of nearly 200 STFM educators from across the country have worked together to create and improve fmCASES, serving as authors, peer-reviewers, case writers, associate editors, and editors-in-chief. As of 2014, 121 medical schools in the United States, Canada, and other countries subscribed to the fmCases. Since its creation, 91,233 unique users have accessed the cases and more than a million cases have been completed. Accepting the award is the fmCASES Steering Committee: Shou Ling Leong, MD; Alexander Chessman, MD; Stephen Scott, MD, MPH; John Waits, MD; Jason Chao, MD, MS; David Anthony, MD, MSc; Katherine Margo, MD; and Martha Seagrave, PAC.

STFM Excellence in Education Award—David Keegan, MD

David Keegan, MD, is deputy head and undergraduate (predoctoral) education director in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary. He chairs the Undergraduate Education Committee of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is the founding editor for the Shared Canadian Curriculum in Family Medicine. David led the renewal of family medicine education in MD programs at both the University of Calgary and Western University. He served as president of both the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and the Canadian Association of Interns and Residents. He is a member of STFM’s National Clerkship Curriculum Editorial Board. His local Calgary academic roles include running a patient safety course, delivering whole-class teaching sessions on topics core within family medicine practice, and illuminatimg the career of family medicine for medical students. After completing his MD and family medicine residency at Memorial University of Newfoundland, he entered comprehensive rural practice. He later took emergency fellowship training in Ontario and worked full time in tertiary adult and pediatric emergency departments. His love for longitudinal patient care drew him back to family medicine in 2006.

STFM Gold Humanism AwardWilliam Schwab, MD

William Schwab, MD, is a professor and vice chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin (UW). A graduate of the Case Western University School of Medicine, Bill completed his family medicine residency at the University of Virginia and then practiced in rural West Virginia before joining UW in 1985. His previous administrative roles include serving as director of Clinical Operations at UW Department of Family Medicine, as director of its Madison Family Medicine Residency Program, and as director of a state-funded initiative to address the shortage of physicians practicing in rural communities. He has been the principal investigator for the National Medical Home Autism Initiative, funded by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the principal investigator of a project funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to enhance development of screening by family physicians. He was the recipient of the Educator of the Year award from the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians and has twice received the Clinical Teacher of the Year award from the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine.

In 1993, he helped establish the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, and he has been a member of the IPFCC’s Board of Directors since 1996. A nationally recognized leader in patient- and family-centered care as well as in medical education about the care of children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities, Dr Schwab is a frequent speaker and consultant to health systems, medical schools, and community agencies throughout North America. In addition, he has been on the teaching faculty of more than 30 intensive seminars presented by the IPDFCC on advancing patient- and family-centered care in medical education, community services, ambulatory health care, and hospitals.

Lynn and Joan Carmichael STFM Recognition Award—Macaran Baird, MD, MS

Macaran (Mac) Baird, MD, MS, has been professor and head of the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health since July 2002. Dr Baird is chair of the Board of UCare Minnesota, the fourth largest HMO in Minnesota. He has been professor of family medicine and medical director of MMSI, an insurance arm of the Mayo Clinic; associate medical director for HealthPartners, a Minnesota HMO; chair of the State University of New York-Syracuse Department of Family Medicine; and a residency director at the University of Oklahoma. From 1978-1983, Dr Baird was a rural family physician and family therapist in rural Minnesota.

Dr Baird’s national involvement includes past president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, past president of the STFM Foundation Board of Directors, past vice chair of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM), Clinical Practice Committee, past member of the ADFM Leadership Development Committee, and past board member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. He co-chaired the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report on Health and Behavior and was a member of the Council on Graduate Medical Educate (COGME), Washington, DC, from 1996-2000. He was co-recipient of the Donald A Block Award for significant contributions to the field of collaborative family health care. In 2010 he received the Merit Award from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians and in 2012 received the President’s Award from MAFP. He received the Minneapolis St Paul Top Doctor Award in 2012 and 2013 from the Minneapolis St Paul Magazine, and he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Medical Association in 2013.

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