March 25, 2021, 5:27 p.m. News Staff — The AAFP didn’t have to go far to find its new senior vice president for education. Longtime family medicine leader and advocate Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., will assume that role this summer and will have oversight of all organizational activities related to medical education and continuing professional development.
“Margot has been part of the AAFP family for many years, and I am thrilled she will be joining our staff,” said Academy EVP and CEO Shawn Martin. “Margot is a strong leader, is passionate about serving our members and is committed to ensuring a strong future for family medicine.”
Savoy currently serves as the chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and chief quality officer for Temple Faculty Physicians, Inc., in Philadelphia. She is a member of the AAFP Board of Directors and has served the Academy in a variety of other leadership roles. Her unexpired term on the Board will be filled later this year.
Savoy has served the Academy as a delegate and alternate delegate to the Congress of Delegates and as a member and chair of the Commission on Health of the Public and Science. An AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow, Savoy is a former Academy liaison to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. She also is a former chapter president.
Savoy has been a department chair at Temple since 2018. Prior to that, she was the medical director for the Department of Family & Community Medicine and faculty in the family medicine residency program for nearly a decade at the ChristianaCare Health System in Wilmington, Del.
At the AAFP, Savoy’s areas of focus will include education and training of medical students and residents; student interest and choice of a career in family medicine; expansion of graduate medical education in the specialty, including federal policies that affect it; and development of continuing professional development opportunities, including CME. As senior vice president, she also will help direct organization-wide strategy and policy-development activities.
Savoy also will serve as the organization’s champion for Physician Health First — an AAFP initiative created to help family physicians address burnout and find ways to improve their well-being.
“I am so excited to be joining the AAFP,” said Savoy. “I look forward to working alongside the talented staff to support our members, medical schools and residency programs and to demonstrate to future physicians that family medicine is the best specialty around.”
Savoy will succeed Clif Knight, M.D., who now is assistant dean of clinical affairs and associate professor of family medicine at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis.