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Stephen Schultz, M.D., Receives National Award

The American Academy of Family Physicians and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors have honored Stephen Schultz, M.D., program director at the University of Rochester/Highland Hospital Family Medicine Residency with the Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding Program Director Award. The honor will be added to his list of awards that already includes numerous awards for teaching and leadership from the Academy, the AFMRD, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and state and local organizations.

Dr. Schultz has left his stamp on the program over the course of nearly two decades, starting tracks for global health and advocacy as well as launching an Explorers group that exposes local high school students to medical careers. “This is what I’m meant to do, working with residents and helping patients,” said Dr. Schultz.  “Someone comes to me as a medical student, and three years later they’re a board-certified family physician. There’s a high level of satisfaction in that.”

Dr. Schultz is putting residents on a path to become leaders in their own careers by adding advocacy and global health tracks when he became program director. “My goal is to have people leave with skills they need to advocate for our specialty and patients,” said the associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Rochester.

“I’m so pleased for Dr. Schultz to be recognized by this national honor for his leadership of the nationally renowned, Highland Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program,” said Colleen T. Fogarty, MD, Msc, FAAFP, William Rocktaschel Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Rochester. “In addition to adding new programs in Global Health, Political Advocacy and Leadership, he developed areas of concentration in psychosocial medicine and maternity care to enhance Family Medicine residents’ training experiences. He additionally developed systems and support for residents’ learning and competency assessment. Dr. Schultz accomplished all of this as Program Director while continuing a longstanding continuity practice at Highland Family Medicine and attending on the Department of Family Medicine inpatient service at Highland Hospital.”


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