Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education 2011 Winners
The following family medicine residents were selected for their exemplary patient care, their interpersonal relationships with patients, physicians and faculty, and their demonstrated leadership and community involvement. These ten men and women are truly health care leaders.
- Elizabeth W. Bogel, MD
- Zachary A. Borus, MD, MPH
- Caleb J. Bowers, MD
- Michelle F. Jimerson, MD, MPH
- Christopher C. Ledford, MD
- D. Scott McCracken, MD
- Amy K. McIntyre, MD
- Alison A. Tucker, MD
- Karli Echterling Urban, MD
- Lisa A. Young, DO, MSN
Dr. Bogel’s greatest professional accomplishment to date is being elected chief resident by her peers. Career interests include acting as medical director for a rural ambulance company, incorporating more teaching into her professional life, and delivering three generations of a family.
After residency, Dr. Bogel plans to apply for a fellowship in geriatrics at Swedish Family Medicine Residency at First Hill, as well as completing her two-year commitment as a National Health Service Corps scholar.
Dr. Borus had the opportunity to advocate for family medicine when he served as the sole resident member of the Association of American Medical College’s Advisory Panel on Health Care. Another important professional accomplishment was leading and expanding a student-run free clinic project at the University of Rochester. Other professional interests include advocacy and health policy efforts, full-scope obstetrics and reproductive health care, and quality improvement initiatives and outcomes research.
Following residency, Dr. Borus plans to remain in Rochester for two years to continue his training. He then hopes to move to the rural Midwest to practice full-spectrum family medicine, play an active role in community health efforts and teach medical students and residents.
Dr. Bowers cites “changing the paradigm at [his residency program] to a culture of excellence” as his greatest professional accomplishment to date. Other interests include critical care medicine, and research related to information therapy and medical education.
After residency, Dr. Bowers hopes to join the hospitalist group at Wesley Medical, or serve on the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Medicine or Wesley Family Medicine.
Dr. Jimerson’s interest in international medicine and public health led her to earn a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Sydney following medical school. Combining her professional pursuits with an interest in international travel, she has done volunteer work in Nepal, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Other professional interests include rural family medicine, and national health care policy and reform.
After residency, Dr. Jimerson hopes to work in a rural family medicine clinic where she can provide comprehensive care to families. She also plans to spend more time working or volunteering overseas.
Dr. Ledford’s greatest professional accomplishment to date is serving as an Air Force officer and family physician. His professional interests include the patient-centered medical home, physician leadership in health care and medical care for underserved populations.
After residency, Dr. Ledford plans to serve as a family physician in the Air Force and hopes to join the faculty of a residency program.
Dr. McCracken’s most important professional accomplishment to date is being elected chief resident at York Hospital Family Practice. Following residency, he plans to work in a community-based clinic in south central Pennsylvania. He also hopes to continue his involvement in the areas of health policy and advocacy, community service and wilderness medicine.
Serving as a student board member on the AAFP Board of Directors is one of Dr. McIntyre’s greatest professional accomplishments to date. Another highlight has been the opportunity to care for three generations of a family, including the baby that she delivered. Other professional interests include rural family medicine, community organizing and empowerment, and public health program planning and evaluation.
After residency, Dr. McIntyre plans to fulfill her service with the National Health Service Corps in a rural community in the Intermountain West. Ultimately, she would like to practice full-spectrum family medicine.
Dr. Tucker’s most important professional accomplishment to date has been successfully completing medical school and entering residency to realize her dream of becoming a family physician. Her professional interests include expanding care for homebound patients, and providing services and health education for medically underserved communities.
After residency, she plans to stay in Louisville, Kentucky, to practice medicine. Dr. Tucker is considering a geriatric fellowship as a complement to her family medicine training, and she also hopes to work with medically underserved communities in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Urban’s greatest professional accomplishment to date is reflected in letters from her patients, which remind her of “the importance of providing patient-centered care that often requires physicians to address both physical and social barriers to improving health.”
After residency, Dr. Urban plans to complete a geriatrics fellowship at the University of Missouri and dedicate her medical career to caring for the geriatric population. She also hopes to contribute to geriatrics research.
Dr. Young’s most important professional accomplishment has been learning from the “incredible patients, colleagues and mentors” with whom she has worked. She has special interest in creating and supporting programs that promote preventative care through a healthier lifestyle, as well as community involvement.
After residency, Dr. Young plans to practice full-spectrum family medicine. She will spend three years working for the state of Arizona in an underserved and/or rural area. She is also interested in working on an Indian Reservation in the future.