Dr. Stephen Hawks recognized nationally for educating future family physicians
WICHITA, KANSAS – Stephen Hawks, DO of Wellington, Kansas has been selected by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Board of Directors as the recipient of the AAFP’s 2017 Exemplary Teaching Award in the volunteer category. The award was developed to acknowledge exemplary teaching skills, as well as individuals who have implemented outstanding educational program implementation and/or innovative teaching models.
Dr. Hawks was honored as the Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award recipient in the volunteer category at the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) Annual Meeting on June 9, 2017 at the Wichita Marriott, Wichita, Kansas. Upon learning that he had received the national award, Dr. Hawks said, “Family physicians are trained to take care of a wide variety of medical issues. My practice includes office based medicine, procedures in the office, emergency room coverage, inpatient medicine, endoscopy and obstetrics. There are many days that my partners and I have had the opportunity to deliver a new baby to an excited family, see a variety of medical issues and conditions in the clinic and care for a patient that is at the end of his or her life. This variety and the strong relationships that develop with patients are what makes family medicine so unique and rewarding. Having the opportunity to share my practice and clinical knowledge with the next generation of doctors keeps me sharp as a clinician and allows me to have a hand in shaping the way they practice. I'm humbled to receive this award as I know that there are so many great volunteer educators in Kansas -- there are five other equally deserving ones in my practice.”
In his letter to Dr. Hawks, AAFP President, John Meigs, Jr., MD, FAAFP (Brent, Alabama) writes: “The Board commends you for your work as a skilled family physician and tireless educator of future family physicians. Not only do your patients in the Wellington community greatly benefit from your care, but you have also had a powerful impact with fourth year medial students at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita. You truly capture the principles of mentoring the next generation of family physicians. Your enthusiasm and energetic demeanor for your patients, practice and community make you an outstanding role model. One notable example of this is the amount of students who have worked alongside you through the Kansas Rural preceptorship Program. Students attest to your passion for comprehensive, coordinated care as well as your willingness to drop everything to help someone in need. Your service to community-based medicine is a testament to your dedication and hard work.”
Dr. Hawks 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. He and his wife, Traci Anderson Hawks have four children and live in 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.
About the American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents nearly 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Nearly, one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 208 million office visits each year – nearly 83 million more than to the next medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide the majority of care for America’s underserved and rural populations.
In the increasingly fragmented world of health care here many medical specialties limit their practice to a particular organ, disease, age or sex, family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person across the full spectrum of ages. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
For more information visit the website at www.aafp.org.
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 Web site at www.kafponline.org.