Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education 2012 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 12 men and women are truly health care leaders.
- Suzanne E. Andrews, MD
- Tanya E. Anim, MD
- Heather D. Bennett, MD
- William Edwards Bynum, IV, MD
- Sneha Chacko, MD
- Bethany N. Enoch, MD
- John A. Fenstermaker, DO
- Katrina E. Gardner, MD
- Lauren S. Hughes, MD
- Nathan Krug, MD
- Steven Lin, MD
- Karl D. Metzger, MD
Dr. Andrews counts her day-to-day interactions with her patients among her greatest professional accomplishments. She is also glad to work with her fellow co-chief resident to create a fair, civilized environment that encourages open dialogue within the residency program. Other professional interests include reproductive health and the integration of complementary medicine and holistic health strategies into her practice.
Following residency, Dr. Andrews plans to continue practicing full-spectrum family medicine, including obstetrics, and hopes to focus on women’s health, international health in the developing world, and underserved populations in the United States. She would also like to incorporate teaching into her practice and may eventually pursue a faculty position.
Dr. Anim’s greatest professional accomplishments to date are being elected as one of two chief residents and being appointed to serve on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Family Medicine Residency Review Committee. Professional interests include women's health, procedures, and minority health issues, as well as involvement in leadership and organized medicine.
After residency, Dr. Anim will pursue an obstetrics fellowship, followed by two years of service for the National Health Service Corps. Her dream is to open a practice on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands (her family’s homeland) and positively influence the state of primary care on the island.
Dr. Bennett’s greatest professional accomplishment to date is the creation of The Financial Fitness Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, a monthly financial empowerment workshop designed to help patients overcome poverty and improve their financial health. Her professional interests include advancing primary care access and quality for the underserved, improving health care delivery for the aging population, and disseminating best practices in team-based chronic illness care.
After residency, Dr. Bennett plans to complete a clinical geriatrics fellowship and pursue additional health services research training. She would like to work for an integrated accountable care organization in clinical care, program development and evaluation, and organizational leadership.
Dr. Bynum’s most important professional accomplishment to date is his involvement as co-founder and co-director of Medical Students for Burn Care International, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting a greater level of understanding and support for burn clinics located in socioeconomically depressed regions of the world. Among his other professional interests are academic family medicine, medical education in the developing world, and social determinants of health.
After residency, Dr. Bynum hopes to serve as an attending physician in a U.S. Air Force family medicine training program. He would also like to earn a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on global health and to complete fellowships in faculty development and geriatrics.
Dr. Chacko’s most important professional accomplishment to date is working with others from her residency program to form a rape crisis team within the hospital to perform rape kits and advocate for rape victims, including pediatric patients. Her other professional interests include women’s health (including obstetrics and home birth), medical procedures, leadership development, health care advocacy, and involvement in the American Academy of Family Physicians at the state and national levels.
Following residency, Dr. Chacko plans to pursue a maternal and child health fellowship and complete a Master of Public Health degree. Additionally, she hopes to continue her active involvement with the AAFP and pursue leadership training.
Dr. Enoch’s greatest professional accomplishment to date is being elected as chief resident at the University of Kansas Family Medicine Residency Program. Another one of her current professional pursuits is collaborating with a fellow resident to develop a resident-run prenatal clinic for low-income and uninsured women. Dr. Enoch is also dedicated to working in leadership positions to advance the specialty of family medicine.
After residency, Dr. Enoch plans to practice broad-scope family medicine (including obstetrics) in an underserved rural or urban setting. She also hopes to be involved in short-term missions and disaster relief medicine.
Leadership roles, including being elected chief resident, have been Dr. Fenstermaker’s greatest professional accomplishments to date. He is interested in continuing his involvement in medical leadership organizations. Other professional interests include practicing broad-spectrum family medicine in a rural setting and volunteering as an on-site physician for community activities and sporting events.
Following residency, Dr. Fenstermaker plans to practice broad-spectrum family medicine in Nevada, Iowa.
Professionally, Dr. Gardner feels most fulfilled when her patients tell her that they appreciate the time she takes to listen. Specific areas of professional interest include international medicine (especially in crisis-stricken areas), sliding scale services for cancer screening, and medical education and mentoring. She is also focused on maternal and child health, particularly increased personalization of antepartum and well-child care from onset of pregnancy to two years postpartum, with an emphasis on education and home-visit support.
Following residency, Dr. Gardner hopes to work in a rural clinic — filled with pictures of babies she has delivered — and offer low-cost endoscopy, high-level emergency care, home visits, and inpatient care. She also plans to continue volunteering, both locally and overseas.
Serving as the national president of the American Medical Student Association is Dr. Hughes’ most important professional accomplishment to date. This position gave her the opportunity to mentor physicians in training nationwide, chair AMSA’s Board of Trustees, plan the annual convention, and serve as a spokesperson for the organization. Grassroots advocacy, nonprofit management, and leadership development are among her professional interests.
After residency, Dr. Hughes plans to pursue fellowship training in health services and health policy research. She hopes to practice family medicine in a community health center that focuses on urban, underserved populations, as well as pursuing the advancement of innovations in primary care delivery and the improvement of the primary care workforce through policy, research, and administrative initiatives.
One of Dr. Krug’s greatest professional accomplishments to date is having been elected by colleagues to serve as one of two resident delegates to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. This role allowed him to pursue his interest in leadership opportunities within the AAFP and the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. Other professional interests include sports medicine and procedural training (particularly endoscopy).
Following residency, Dr. Krug will complete a one-year primary care/sports medicine fellowship. Ultimately, he plans to spend his career practicing comprehensive medicine in a rural Midwestern community.
Dr. Lin’s most important professional accomplishment to date is founding the first self-sustaining, student-run, free clinic focused on hepatitis and liver cancer prevention among underserved immigrants in the San Francisco Bay area. His other professional interests include advocating for primary care through innovative medical education reform, eliminating health disparity through social medicine, and empowering physicians through use of advanced mobile technologies.
Following residency, Dr. Lin plans to pursue a career in academic family medicine.
Dr. Metzger’s most important professional accomplishment to date is developing Quality Improvement and Delivery Models in Healthcare, a weekend symposium that he presented to more than 40 family physicians. He is interested in expanding his working knowledge of health care delivery models that are safe, effective, and efficient. He also enjoys actively promoting and educating others about the next-generation health care landscape. Another professional interest is learning ways to provide health care to Tampa Bay's homeless population.
Following residency, Dr. Metzger plans to live in Clearwater, Florida, practicing in a next-generation business model that focuses on primary prevention, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and emphasizes chronic disease management.