WICHITA, KANSAS – The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) announces Stephen Hawks, DO of Wellington, 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 Volunteer Faculty.
Dr. Hawks is the award winner in the volunteer category. He is a native of Wellington, Kansas, attending Wellington High School and Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. He received his medical degree from Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Hawks completed his residency at Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program, Wichita, Kansas. He joined Sumner County Family Care Center, P.A., Wellington in 2003. He also has privileges at Sumner Regional Medical Center, Wellington.
Dr. Hawks is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He has professional development certificates for: Basic Life Support; Advanced Cardiac Life Support; Advanced Trauma and Life Support; Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification; Neonatal Resuscitation Program; and Advanced Life Support of Obstetrics.
In addition to the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Hawks is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Medical Association and Kansas Medical Society. His community service activities include Methodist Youth Group Leader; Advisory Board Member for Sumner County Health Department and Board of Directors Impact Bank.
He is married to Traci Anderson Hawks with four children.
Here are selected quotes about Dr. Hawks from previous students:
“Dr. Steve Hawks is an archetypal small town Kansas family physician who incorporates the teaching of medical students into his practice. Dr. Hawks continues the ingrained tradition of Kansas family physicians teaching the next generation of doctors. The Kansas rural preceptorship program has been in existence for over six decades and it is good to know that its future is in good hands with physicians like Dr. Steve Hawks of Wellington.” – Rick Kellerman, MD, Professor & Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine, KU School of Medicine-Wichita
“In addition to his quality teaching, I must also comment on the quantity of students. In 15 years or so, I don’t think Dr. Hawks has ever turned down a request to have a medical student. He has told me that he can take a student almost every month. As director of the Rural Preceptorship for Department of Family & Community Medicine in Wichita, I try to give him a couple of months off each year. No other preceptor has hosted students for more rural preceptorships in the past 15 years than Dr. Hawks. Dr. Hawks does a tremendous service for our medical school, even though it was not where he received his medical education. He enthusiastically works with our students and gives them an immersion experience in family medicine.” – John N. Dorsch, MD, Director of Rural Programs, Department of Family & Community Medicine, KU School of Medicine-Wichita
“He is the reason I am practicing rural, full spectrum family medicine in Wellington, Kansas and I know he will continue to pass along his passion and drive to all of the other students and residents whose lives he will impact. He is the mentor you want when you are trying to figure out your own path. He is the partner you want when you are struggling to put the pieces of a complicated case together. He is the friend you want by your side at the end of the day to reminisce.” – Lacie L. Gregory, MD (Wellington, KS)
“My view on life was changed when I witnessed my first infant delivery with Dr. Hawks. He always had a full schedule and would rarely take a break for lunch in order to provide his patients with the time and care they deserved. Despite being so busy, he would give me a computer and expect me to see, examine, and form a differential diagnosis with plan for many of the patients. After my patient presentation he would be sure to have a teaching point that was pertinent to each case. The result of the autonomy and responsibility he gave me correlated into one of the greatest learning exercises of my medical school career.” – Cooper Stewart, MD (Wichita, KS)
Dr. Hawks will be honored at the KAFP Annual Meeting on June 9, 2017 at the Wichita Marriott, Wichita, Kansas during the awards luncheon. He 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.