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STFM Presents Society Awards

May 13, 2016—Several individuals were recognized at the STFM Recognition and Awards Program on Monday, May 2 at the STFM Annual Spring Conference in Minneapolis. STFM congratulates the following award winners on their accomplishments and success. 

2016 Curtis G. Hames Research Award WinnerRichard Zimmerman, MD, MPH, MA, MS

Dr Zimmerman is a professor with tenure in the Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine, and Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. He received his MD from Ohio State University, his MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota, his MA in Bioethics from Trinity International University, and his MS in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College. He completed a family medicine residency at Grant Medical Center and a general preventive medicine residency and a fellowship in academic family medicine and clinical investigation at the University of Minnesota. 

Dr Zimmerman has served on the American Academy of Family Physicians Commissions on Clinical Policies and Research and Public Health and Scientific Affairs and as founding chair of the STFM Group on Immunization Education. He serves as co-author for the smartphone/online software Shots. In 2002-2004, he served on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the CDC and now serves on one of its working groups. He has authored more than 200 publications on immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases. He was principal investigator on CDC-funded studies about racial disparity and immunizations, influenza vaccine effectiveness, and ways to increase vaccination rates. He has received national awards for his research on economic barriers to immunization and for his curricular materials on immunization and has been honored as one of Pittsburgh’s best family physicians.

2016 STFM Best Research Paper AwardAccepted by Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH

Winning Paper: More Comprehensive Care Among Family Physicians Is Associated With Lower Costs and Fewer Hospitalizations
Authors: Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH, Stephen Petterson, PhD, Lars E. Peterson, MD, PhD, and Robert L. Phillips Jr, MD, MSPH

Comprehensive care is one of the core values of primary care and a keystone in the foundation of family medicine, but its effect on health care utilization and costs has no been well documented. This study examined the relationship between individual family physicians’ comprehensiveness and hospitalization rates and total costs among their Medicare beneficiaries. For the first time, this study found that more a comprehensive scope of practice is associated with significantly lower Medicare expenditures per beneficiary and fewer hospitalizations. Patients of family physicians who performed and billed for a broader range of services had 10-15 percent lower costs when compared to the least comprehensive physicians.

Ann Fam Med. 2015 May-Jun;13(3):206-13. doi: 10.1370/afm.1787.

2016 STFM Advocate Award—Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH

Dr Kruse is dean and provost of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and CEO of SIU Healthcare. He is a tenured professor of family and community medicine. He joined the SIU faculty in 1984 and has served the organization in many leadership roles, including 16 years as chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

A national advocate for innovation in medical education and the advancement of health care systems, Dr Kruse’s focus is to fulfill the Triple Aim + 1: medical education and health care that are more effective, efficient, equitable, and enjoyable for all. He embraces the rapid changes in technology and communication, in health care delivery, in medical education, and in biomedical research.

Dr Kruse has held leadership positions with many national organizations involved in family medicine education research and quality, and primary care workforce development. Among them are the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (president 2012–2013), Association of Departments of Family Medicine, the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, and the North American Primary Care Research Group. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Family Medicine and Family Medicine for America’s Health. At the federal level, he served from 2007–2011 on the Council on Graduate Medical Education, the leading physician workforce policy body that advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services and key Congressional Committees.

F. Marian Bishop Award—Cynda Johnson, MD, MBA

Dr Johnson is the founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) School of Medicine. In this role, she serves as the chief academic and administrative officer with responsibility for the development, planning, and execution of new programs related to undergraduate medical education. She was a busy clinician for 30 years focusing on maternal and child health, including obstetrics and outpatient gynecology.

Dr Johnson is past president of the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Medical Specialties. She received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Stanford University and her MD degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. She also completed her MBA at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.

She is married to Dr Bruce Johnson, a general internist and associate dean for Faculty Affairs at VTC School of Medicine, and has two sons; both reside in Boston. Kevin is an energy systems engineer. Andrew is vice president of an educational software company. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and attending theater.

STFM Innovative Program AwardCAFM Educational Research Alliance

Arch Mainous III, PhD; Dean Seehusen, MD, MPH; AlexanderChessman, MD; Lorraine Wallace, PhD; Mary Theobald, MBA accepted this award on behalf of CERA.

CERA is a resource to increase the quality and frequency of research and scholarly activity among members of CAFM organizations and to provide mentoring and education to junior researchers. CERA has been enormously successful in helping CAFM members, and in particular clinician educators increase the quality and amount of scholarly activity. The first CERA survey was launched in 2011. In less than 5 years, 18 surveys have been conducted. From these studies, 33 peer-reviewed articles have been published or accepted for publication with more than 110 different authors. This productivity needs to be put into context. In an article published in Family Medicine (Fam Med 2012;44:312-317) evaluating publication productivity of family medicine faculty, in 2009 only 8.5% of STFM members published at least one article in a year.

CERA is more than one person or one institution. It is a stable, sustainable infrastructure that is international in scope both in terms of users as well as personnel. CERA is sustainable based on a small amount of monetary contributions from the participating CAFM organizations for the infrastructure and on a large amount of voluntarism in the academic family medicine community. This is a volunteer-driven process includes the individuals who oversee the surveys, the proposal reviewers, the people who answer the surveys, as well as the mentors who help guide the investigators from initial research question to published manuscript. CERA provides great opportunities for scholarship and has shown that it delivers relevant information that can help improve family medicine education to the larger academic family medicine community. 

STFM Gold Humanism AwardSharon Dobie, MD, MCP

Dr Dobie is a die-hard generalist who believes foremost in the strength of human relationships. She awoke in high school to the issues of civil rights and social equity and crafted her American Studies major toward the social sciences and advocacy, then sculpting city planning graduate school into a multidisciplinary approach to social policy planning. From there she moved on to medicine, always certain family medicine was the most appropriate specialty for working with and for the underserved. (And she also knew it would protect her from boredom.) She has augmented that truth through participating in and publishing what she hopes is policy relevant research, teaching medical students and residents, supporting students to be leaders engaged in community service and health equity initiatives, and mentoring anyone who will listen to her or swim with her in the lake.

Her belief in narrative and relationship-centered care led to her work with a colleague, Valerie Ross, in teaching about the reciprocity that is implicit in every relationship. That led to Heart Murmurs, What Patients Teach Their Doctors, an anthology she edited and was a contributing author. Dr Dobie has received numerous awards, including as a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Physician Scholar, resident teaching awards, the American Lung Association of Washington Philanthropy award, the King County Academy of Family Medicine Community Service award, multiple recognitions by the University of Washington Medical Center for exemplary patient care, Writer in Residence at Hedgebrook, and the University of Washington Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching award. She is a professor of family medicine at the University of Washington, in Seattle, where she lives and where her adult sons often visit.


STFM Excellence in Education Award—Alexander Chessman, MD

Dr Chessman’s involvement in STFM and medical education spans more than 25 years. He has worked on the Family Medicine Curriculum Resource Project, the National Clerkship Curriculum, and fmCASES. He has served as lead for the CAFM Educational Research Alliance (CERA) Family Medicine Clerkship Director Survey since its inception in 2011. He contributed to the Medical Student Educators’ Development Institute, from its inception in 2008 until 2014. He served as co-moderator for FMPDN, the listserv for family medicine educators, and was part of the team that founded the preceptor newsletter called Teaching Physician. He has also been involved the American Balint Society (ABS) as a co-leader of resident Balint Groups for several years, as faculty for several ABS faculty development events, and as ABS vice president. He has participated in a couple of consultative projects for the National Board of Medical Examiners and was just appointed to a term on the USMLE Ambulatory Care Test Material Development Committee.

He is currently a professor of family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He received his MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his residency at MUSC and a faculty development fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Grateful for the many collaborative projects he has been able to be a part of throughout his academic career, Dr Chessman has learned many important lessons from the scores of faculty and learners with whom he has had the pleasure to work.

2016 Lynn and Joan Carmichael STFM Recognition Award Winner—William Shore, MD

Dr Shore is emeritus professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He attended medical school at Northwestern University. After completing residency in family medicine at the University of Miami, where Lynn Carmichael, MD, was program director, Dr Shore worked at the South of Market Health Center in the inner-city area of San Francisco and was medical director from 1977–1981. He began his academic career in 1981, when he was appointed to the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) as the clerkship director and, subsequently, the director of medical student education programs for the department. He has been actively involved in curriculum development at UCSF and was an initial co-director of Foundations of Patient Care, the “doctoring” course at UCSF and, more recently, the development of the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship at UCSF. He completed a Robert Wood Johnson fellowship in high-risk adolescent medicine and developed and coordinated the adolescent medicine curriculum for the DFCM residency program. He has been active in STFM for more than 25 years, serving as the initial chair of the STFM groups on Adolescent Health, Predoctoral Directors, and Senior Faculty, and as STFM Education Committee chair. He currently serves as a trustee and treasurer for the STFM Foundation. His interests include improved access to care for underserved and marginalized patients and populations, relationship-centered care, and adolescent medicine.

Dr Shore enjoys biking, skiing, and hiking, as well as international travel—and dancing at STFM parties. He is an active participant in the social justice and social action programs in his local synagogue. He has seven wonderful grandchildren and, along with his wife, Shira, they try to spend as much time with them as possible.

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