TAFP member awarded with AAFP’s highest honor, the Thomas W. Johnson Award for Career Contributions to Family Medicine Education
Barbara L. Thompson, MD, of Galveston, a professor and family medicine department chair at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, was awarded the 2020 AAFP Thomas W. Johnson Award for Career Contributions to Family Medicine Education. The award recognizes individuals who make extraordinary contributions to family medicine education in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education spheres.
In a congratulatory letter, AAFP recognized her long, distinguished career, where she has inspired countless family physicians and made valuable contributions to family medicine’s academic mission. “You were a family medicine pioneer in Texas, helping to establish the state’s first department of family medicine as a medical student at UTMB and eventually becoming the chair of that very department. Having devoted years to curriculum development and educational administration, you have left an indelible mark on UTMB.”
In addition to her years of service within TAFP, Thompson has served on committees for the Texas Medical Association, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the American Board of Family Medicine. In 2017 she received the TAFP Presidential Award of Merit for her individual contributions to health care in Texas and she was recognized by the UTMB School of Medicine Alumni Association with the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus Award for her outstanding service to the medical profession and humanity.
Thompson designed and implemented a required third-year family medicine clerkship for all medical students at UTMB and helped to create UTMB’s rural training track in Weimar, Texas, providing residents with first-rate integrated rural training.
She is known for her boundless energy, her organization and collaboration skills, and her willingness to take on the difficult challenges in family medicine education. She has also been praised for being a servant leader. A great example of her leadership is when Galveston was devastated by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Thompson remained in the hospital with a small group of health care professionals to care for those in need throughout the storm. A colleague notes that Thompson was “a rock when a rock was needed.”
While traditionally she would have been presented with her award during the in-person Congress of Delegates, this year Thompson’s remarks will be posted on the AAFP website and referenced during the virtual meeting.
“I am overwhelmed and so honored to be among the company of wonderful family medicine teachers who have won this award. Teaching has been integral to my entire career and I thank all those teachers who were my role models and challenged me to keep trying to improve. I am so fortunate to be able to continue working with medical students and residents who inspire me every day,” Thompson says.
Thompson received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She also completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
In a letter announcing the award, the AAFP Board of Directors lauded Dr. Dharma’s commitment to education and dedication to shaping the next generation of family physicians. “You have also personally devoted countless hours to teaching and training medical students and nurse practitioner students in your practice, and you are known as a natural educator who can use almost any situation as an opportunity for instruction.”
TAFP student and resident members selected as scholars for the AAFP Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute
Luci Li, MD, and Jessica Williams were selected as 2020 scholars for AAFP’s Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader institute. Li is in her second year of training at the John Peter Smith Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Fort Worth. Williams is a third-year medical student at UT Health McGovern in Houston.
The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute is a project of the AAFP Foundation. It aims to increase the number of well-trained future family medicine leaders by offering a yearlong leadership development training opportunity to family medicine residents and medical students.
TAFP, AAFP name FMIG Program of Excellence Award recipients
The family medicine interest group at the University of Texas Medical Branch was recently recognized by AAFP and TAFP for their exemplary efforts to grow and support interest in family medicine. They were one of 18 medical school family medicine interest groups to win the 2020 AAFP Program of Excellence Award and received the second place 2020 Texas FMIG Program of Excellence Award.
TAFP’s subcommittee from the Commission on Academic Affairs also selected the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School’s family medicine interest group as the first-place recipient of the Texas FMIG Program of Excellence Awards. The University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine’s family medicine interest group won the third-place award.