• American Academy of Family Physicians Appoints New Senior Vice President for Education

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 22, 2021

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    AAFP Public Relations
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    LEAWOOD, Kan. – The American Academy of Family Physicians has named Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFP, its new senior vice president for education.

    As SVP for education, Savoy will oversee all organizational activities related to medical education and continuing professional development. Her areas of focus will include education and training of medical students and residents; student interest and choice of a career in the specialty of family medicine; expansion of graduate medical education in family medicine including federal policies that affect it; and development of continuing professional development opportunities, including CME.

    In addition, Savoy will serve as the organization’s champion for Physicians Health First -- an AAFP initiative created to help family physicians address burnout and find ways to improve their well-being.

    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 also was an attending physician at Temple University Hospital and ChristianaCare. She also served as medical director for the Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services and as attending physician at the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s STD clinic. She was also medical director and assistant program director at the Crozer Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program.

    “Margot has been part of the AAFP family for many years, and I am thrilled she will be joining our staff,” said Shawn Martin, AAFP executive vice president and CEO. “Margot is a strong leader, is passionate about serving our members and is committed to ensuring a strong future for family medicine.”

    As senior vice president, Savoy also will help direct organization-wide strategy and policy-development activities. She will assume her new role in summer 2021.

    Savoy is active in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Physician Leaders, the American College of Medical Quality, the National Medical Association and the American Medical Association.

    “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 earned her Bachelor of Science degree in neurobiology and physiology from the University of Maryland in College Park. She earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. She completed her Master of Public Health at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health in Chapel Hill. She completed her residency at the Crozer Keystone Family Medicine Residency in Chester, Pennsylvania.

    Savoy completed postdoctoral fellowships in vaccine science with the American Academy of Family Physicians, geriatric interdisciplinary care at Thomas Jefferson University and in health information technology with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

    She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.
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    Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 133,500 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the largest medical society devoted solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.  To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org.