The WAFP wants to acknowledge and honor the accomplishments of its members. That’s why we’re asking members to submit newsworthy articles regarding you, your practice and your commitment to the community.
Nivedita Nair received the WAFP sponsored 2021 Founder’s Award. She was honored at the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health's 20th Anniversary of the McGovern-Tracy and Students Scholars Event in May. She is recognized at the 23:49 mark of the video on the UW website. Here is what she had to say:
"In Family Medicine, providing competent care involves healing with compassion,building relationships, and engaging communities. I developed this impression from fiercely passionate mentors, who live advocacy as their life mission. One such influence is my TRIUMPH mentor—he embodies community justice in every action he undertakes. For my TRIUMPH project, we collaborate with a shelter in Milwaukee to identify health needs, explore assets, and create wellness programming for housing-insecure parents. Through this, we connected with a determined mother who explained how the social systems she relies on for support are often inadequate, even restrictive. She wants to become a nurse but couldn’t go back to school without losing access to essential public benefits. Her need to fight for her success led me to confront my own privilege. My mentor saw the opportunity to leverage that privilege to make positive change; he connected this mother with a training opportunity that would not interfere with her eligibility for public benefits. This was a simple act of advocacy, but essential for her path to success. He demonstrated the immense potential for growth and wellness if those with social advantage support and advocate for their communities, particularly for marginalized populations. From those I have had the privilege of serving, I learned there is always room to grow—for ourselves, in our practices, and with our communities. From those who have shared their visions of health through mentorship, I appreciated the immense social capital of healthcare providers. My future in Family Medicine involves leveraging my power to amplify lessons learned from bonds with my patients, to ultimately strengthen our shared communities. I also hope to nurture my communities by sharing my devotion to advocacy with future students, to provide the mentorship I found so essential to forging my own identity as a physician."
David Marshall, MPH, WAFP's Student Director and currently serving on the WAFP-Foundation Board, won the 2021 Compassion In Action (CIA) International Health Leadership Award. He was honored at the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health's 20th Anniversary of the McGovern-Tracy and Students Scholars Event in May. He is recognized at the 21:42 mark of the video on the UW website. Here is what he had to say:
"In response to the challenges of COVID-19, it has been an honor to remotely collaborate with community leaders to encourage, empower, and enrich the community of Mfangano Island in Western Kenya. Through data briefs, educational pamphlets, radio broadcasts, and the provision of supplies, our multidisciplinary team has helped this austere community weather these unfamiliar times. I connected our team with the U.S.Ambassador to Kenya and USAID, enabling us to join a task force focusing on COVID-19education, and our pamphlets were eventually officially adopted by Kenyan Ministry of Health. I continue to be an integral member of the research team, working on the MOMENTUM study, which aims to better understand quantifiable delays in transportation during pregnancy-related, obstetric, and neonatal emergencies on Mfangano Island. From this experience, I have cultivated a deeper appreciation for solidarity, flexibility, and togetherness.While my career in medicine and public health has just begun, I chose to pursue family medicine because it is optimally positioned at the crossroads of individual patient care and community well-being. Supporting individuals and communities along their journey to improved health is truly a privilege,and while worlds apart in both culture and distance, the needs of communities such as Mfangano are similar to those found in my own community right here in America. I aspire to be a full-spectrum family medicine physician in a disadvantaged community,working to increase access to obstetric services in hard-to-reach areas and to reduce maternal and child health inequities. I am determined to continue to prioritize the voices of underserved communities, both locally and globally, as we navigate together the crossroads of individual and public health that energizes my passion for family medicine."
Some people may be confused about the term “primary care provider” because one person’s PCP could be a family medicine physician, or specialize in internal medicine, or even pediatrics. Dr. Diana Flint, SSM Health Family Medicine Physician has the answers to these questions.
Congratulations to WAFP member, Dr. Geoffrey Swain for receiving 2020's WPHA Carol Graham Lifetime Achievement Award. He was honored at WPHA's virtual awards ceremony on October 29, 2020 to recognize his special contribution through leadership and service to public health in Wisconsin.
It's with heavy hearts we at WAFP share that Dr. Rex J. Kolste died Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at the age of 66. Rex was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, grandfather, and family physician. In 1994, he and his family had the opportunity to move to Janesville, Wisconsin, where Rex worked as a family physician in the community for the next 26 years. Rex was devoted to the education of young medical professionals at the residency program at Mercy Health for many years, providing personal instruction and mentoring on how to be both better doctors and human beings to countless young physicians. In 2001, Rex won the WAFP Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award, of which he was very proud. WAFP sends its sincere condolences to his family, friends, and former patients.
Wisconsin Public Radio recently published an article about what physicians and nursing homes are taking into consideration as part of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus among patients/residents. See how Lisa Dodson, MD contributed her professional insight into this matter.
It's with heavy hearts we at WAFP share that Beth Potter, MD, associate professor (CHS) in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, passed away on March 31, 2020. We honor the passion and commitment she brought to the health of her patients and her fellow health care professionals. WAFP sends its sincere condolences to her family, friends, and former patients.
Dr. Bower, key faculty member in MCW’s Department of Family Medicine, WAFP's 2010 Family Medicine Educator of the Year, and former WAFP Board Treasurer (1997-2000), passed away following a heart attack on February 16, 2020, at age 66, with his family at his bedside. Dr. Bower was born on July 31, 1953, in Madison, Wisconsin. At a young age, Doug’s parents instilled in him the joy of helping others. WAFP sends its sincere condolences to his family, friends, and former patients. Please join us in honoring his legacy by donating to Students to National Conference in his name.
The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation has selected Dr. Mollie Kane as a 2020 Champion in Women’s Health. The award is a unique opportunity to raise awareness about the remarkable work of talented health leaders in Wisconsin and recognize individuals who have devoted themselves to improving the lives of Wisconsin women and their families.
Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD, MS (SMPH ’87, Madison ’93), continues advancement of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s pioneering vision in new role as dean for public health and community engagement. “This is a crucial time to build a better bridge between the historically separated visions of public health and individual health,” Temte said, adding that he sees significant needs and opportunity for today’s medical students to gain hands-on knowledge of public health practice. “In creating these opportunities, we are uniquely situated to create a new generation of physicians that is highly in tune with the needs of our community.”
Dr. Angela Gatzke-Plamann didn't fully grasp her community's opioid crisis until one desperate patient called on a Friday afternoon in 2016.
"He was in complete crisis because he was admitting to me that he had lost control of his use of opioids," recalls Gatzke-Plamann.
The patient had used opioids for several years for what Gatzke-Plamann calls "a very painful condition." But a urine screening one week earlier had revealed heroin and morphine in his system as well. He denied any misuse that day. Now he was not only admitting it, but asking for help.
Gatzke-Plamann is the only full-time family physician in the central Wisconsin village of Necedah, population 916. She wanted to help but had no resources to offer. She and the patient started searching the Internet while still on the phone, trying to find somewhere nearby that could help. No luck.
Here was a patient with a family and job who spiraled into addiction because of doctor-prescribed pain pills, yet the community's bare-bones health system left him on his own to find treatment — which he later did, 65 miles away. If that situation was going to change in Necedah, it was up to Gatzke-Plamann.
"That weekend I went home and I said, 'I've got to do something different,' " she recalls.
When James DeLine chose the life of a country doctor, he had no experience treating the Amish, and no idea they would take his work to the leading edge of genetic medicine.
Mark Thompson, MD - President, Medical Groups – SSM Health Wisconsin Region.
Congratulations to WAFP past president, Mark Thompson, MD for accepting the position of President, Medical Groups – SSM Health Wisconsin Region.
In this new role, Dr. Thompson will direct physician and advance practice services within the Wisconsin region. Among other things, he will be responsible for providing leadership direction on clinical outpatient services and integrated delivery network outcomes.
Dr. Thompson has earned a reputation as a senior physician executive skilled in guiding health systems in clinical leadership, quality, safety, work-force development, patient satisfaction and operational excellence.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Thompson on his new role!
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