Two Wichita family doctors named recipients of Kansas Exemplary Teaching Awards
OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS –Tara Neil MD and Joe Davison MD, FAAFP were honored as the 2016 Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award recipients at the KAFP Annual Meeting on June 10, 2016 in Overland Park. Dr. Neil is the winner in the full-time category and Dr. Davison is the winner in the volunteer category. Both recipients are faculty at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita(KUSM-W) in the Department of Family & Community Medicine.
Dr. Neil is an assistant professor at KUM-W. She is an undergraduate of the University of Kansas State University (Manhattan), receiving her medical degree from University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her family medicine residency at University of Wisconsin, Madison and completed a Maternal Child Health Fellowship at PCC Community Wellness Center, Oak Park, Illinois. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She is a four-time recipient of the Victor North Outstanding Family Medicine Faculty Award. Prior to her position at KUSM-W, Neil was in private practice in Abilene, Kan. from 2007-2010.
Here are selected quotes about Dr. Neil from previous students:
“Her approachability, investment in building relationships with our residents, and dedica¬tion to transforming students into physicians is the standard with which any aspiring family physician faculty should follow.” - Andrew Wong MD (Wichita, KS)
“When I think of characteristics that would define an exemplary teacher, there are a few that stand out as must haves, I believe this person should be hard work¬ing, a team player and most importantly compassionate. She goes above and beyond her service. Her passion for patients and students is clearly her top priority and she always goes about her work with a smile.” - Amanda Just (Andover, KS)
“When I think about Dr. Neil, I think of the word “mentor” immediately; she is the person I look up to the most in our program. I believe she is an exem¬plary teacher in every way. She has taught me so much about being a strong physician and also about being a good human being. I can think of no one who deserves this award more.” - Jennifer Callison DO (Wichita, KS)
The winner in the volunteer category, Dr. Joe Davison is a clinical assistant professor KUSM-W, serving as a volunteer faculty member. He currently practices at West Wichita Family Physicians. He is a board member of several medical professional organizations and has served as a past president of Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (2005-06), Kansas Medical Society (2009-10) and Medical Society of Sedgwick County (2009-10). He is the recipient of the Douglas Parks Family Medicine Volunteer Preceptor Teaching Award (2006), KAFP Distinguished Service Award (2012), Wichita Business journal Wichita’s Best Physicians (2009-2015) and Wichita Business Journal Innovator of the Year (2015). Dr. Davison received his education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He finished his residency at St.Joseph Medical Center, Wichita, Kan.
Here are a few quotes about Dr. Davison taken from his nomination letters:
“I would be remiss if in this letter I did not mention Dr. Davison’s relation¬ship with his patients. To summarize, they loved him. There was an affec¬tion between him and his patients that is not often encountered, even in family medicine” - Erin Locke, MD, MPH (Tacoma, WA)
“Dr. Davison is the reason I became a family physician. Joe treated me as a peer even though I was a wet behind the ears third year medical student. This was the first time I had ever been treated as a physician and it made a huge impression on me. I don’t think I can fully put into words the impact he has had on my medical career.” - Chris Cupp, MD (Scott City, KS)
“I spent my 8-week Family Medicine rotation with Dr. Davison during my 3rd year of medical school while at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. I admired him as a physician during that time an felt inspired by him in many ways. He exudes confidence and has excellent rapport with all of his patients. He is efficient, kind, caring and compassionate. It is clear all of his patients admire him, as well. It was during this time that I was inspired to also enter the field of family medicine. I feel like my rotation with him was a pivotal moment in my career choice and I am very thankful to have had such a fantastic educator and mentor.” - Jennifer Scott Koontz, MD, MPH, FAAFP (Newton, KS)
About the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians
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 website at www.kafponline.org