Mary Hall, MD, deputy chief academic officer of Carolinas HealthCare System, was recently recognized with a national award for her work in advocacy and family medicine.
She is this year’s recipient of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) President's Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Advocacy, which honors outstanding work in political advocacy at the local, state or national level.
“I am very excited to receive this award and acknowledgment,” said Dr. Hall. “It is a privilege to do this work and to contribute, every day, to the education of all of our resident physicians at Carolinas HealthCare System.”
Dr. Hall’s work supports the development of an adequate primary care workforce nationally. It is based on the premise that every individual should have a personal medical home that serves as the focal point to receive acute, chronic and preventive medical services.
“Through ongoing relationships in a medical home, we can provide care that is accessible and accountable, as well as comprehensive, integrated, patient-centered, safe, evidence-based and rewarding to both patients and physicians,” she said.
Dr. Hall is chair of the Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee (AFMAC), which supports strategies to increase the number of primary care physicians. In particular, it supports graduate education payments and provides financial incentives to encourage medical students and residents to enter careers in primary care.
This year, the committee developed a network of faculty from residencies nationwide and educated them in advocacy work to sponsor issues before Congress that support the growth of the primary care workforce.
The President’s Award was presented in May 2013 at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference in Baltimore, M.D.