M. Chantel Long, MD selected as Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award winner
WICHITA, KANSAS – The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) announces M. Chantel Long, MD of Salina, Kansas as a 2017 Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award winner. The awards acknowledge KAFP members who deserve recognition of exemplary teaching skills, as well as individuals who have implemented outstanding educational programs and/or developed innovative teaching models. This award is presented in two different categories: Full/part-time faculty and volunteers.
Dr. Long is the full-time award winner. She is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, Kansas. She is the associate director at Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program in Salina, Kansas and the assistant clerkship director, family medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Salina, Kansas.
Dr. Long is an academic honors undergraduate of Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. She received her medical degree from University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas. She completed her family medicine residency at Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program, Salina, Kansas. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
She is a two-time recipient of the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Resident Teacher Award and one-time recipient of the Family Medicine Community Award. Prior to her position at KU School of Medicine, Dr. Long was in private practice in Abilene, Kansas from 2002 to 2011.
In addition to the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Long is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Medical Association, Kansas Medical Society, Saline County Medical Society, Lukert Academic Society, and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
Here are selected quotes about Dr. Long from previous students:
“Whether it is procedures, obstetrics, hospital medicine, emergency medicine, or clinical care, she remains my go-to physician for questions and difficult cases. There is rarely a questions she cannot answer. At a program that emphasizes training physicians for rural Kansas, she is the physician we all most want to emulate. As a former family medicine resident, I was exposed to many different teachers across many different disciplines. I can honestly say that as a physician I have not learned more from any one individual than I have from Dr. Long.” – Dereck Totten, MD, MPH (Colby, KS)
“Energy, joy, compassion, warmth, ambition, concern, excellence are words that come to mind when I think of her. She has many positives, but it is her energy that makes her stand out from others. Dr. Long has a tremendous curiosity about family medicine. She wants to know as much as she can about all that she can and she has done a very good job of capturing an excellent knowledge base. That curiosity and thirst for knowledge is where she starts as a model for medical students and residents. They are always impressed (and sometimes overwhelmed) by her knowledge and experience.” – Charles Allred, MD, Associate Directory, Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program (Salina, KS) / 2016 Kansas Family Physician of the Year recipient
“The day-to-day interactions we have as resident physicians can be grueling, sad, scary, and yes, sometimes even mundane. A ray of sunshine can bring a new perspective, unearth a hidden gem of knowledge and reveal to us the magic of a healing relationship with a patient. Dr. Long was that ray of sunshine for me, and has been for numerous residents and students whom she teaches or has taught as an associate director at Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program in Salina.” – Allie Lohrmeyer, MD (Clay Center, KS)
“Dr. Long embodies the heart and soul of what it means to be a rural Kansas Family Physician. The reason I think anyone who’s met her develops a burning desire to do their absolute best by her is that Dr. Long cares more about her patient’s than anyone else in the world. She taught me it was okay to celebrate the wins with patients, and cry with them over devastating losses. It wasn’t good enough for her to teach residents to be competent doctors – she worked to assure we were good spouses and worthwhile community members. Finally, the reason I feel Dr. Long is most deserving of this award is that she didn’t stop teaching when we graduated from residency. She is still my sounding board on tough cases, a voice of reason when hope can seem lost in the world of medicine, and the one I call or text to celebrate when a case goes well. She is a great physician, but an even better all-around person.” – Kara Kuhlman, MD (Colby, KS)
“In writing this letter, I want to express my extreme gratitude for all that Dr. Long has done for me and my fellow residents. She is the ultimate multi-dimensional faculty physician. In all facets of her full-time faculty position at Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency – clinician, educator, and mentor – she is a force of nature. Her teaching style matches her approach to her patients and she thrives on watching her students learn and improve. She is the type of faculty that students attempt to emulate for years after finishing their training.” – Lauren B. Ferrell, MD (2nd year resident, Smoky Hill FM)
“When I think about who I want to be as a physician, Dr. Long is the first person I think of. She is overflowing with compassion, enthusiasm and knowledge. She gives of herself even when it seems there should be no more to give and make each of her students and patients feel special and empowered.” – Megan Brown, MD (St. Francis, KS)
Dr. Long will be honored at the KAFP Annual Meeting on June 9, 2017 at the Wichita Marriott, Wichita, Kansas during the awards luncheon. She has been nominated for the national AAFP Exemplary Teaching Award, to be announced in the fall.
About the KAFP
The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians is the largest medical specialty society in the state, with a total of 1,630 members. The mission of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians is to promote access to, and excellence in, health care for all Kansans through education and advocacy for family physicians and their patients. The KAFP is affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the national association for family physicians. For more information about the KAFP visit the KAFP Web site at www.kafponline.org.