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Family Medicine Educator of the Year

The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians is made up of physicians who go above and beyond their call of duty. Each individual provides a very important component to their community and to the people they serve.

Has a Family Physician positively influenced you during your training while you were a medical student or Family Medicine resident (past or present)? Consider nominating your mentor/teacher/preceptor for MassAFP's Family Medicine Educator of the Year award to recognize a physician who exemplifies the tradition of "Physician as Teacher".

Nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Recognized by peers, residents and students for excellence in teaching, and is compassionate to patients as well as to those he/she is teaching
  • Is directly and effectively involved in community affairs and in activities that enhance quality of life
  • Provides a credible role model as a healer and human being to his/her community, and as a professional in the science and art of medicine to colleagues, other health professionals, especially to young physicians in training and medical students
  • Is a member in good standing of the Academy

Massachusetts' Family Medicine Educator of the Year will be honored at a luncheon during the Annual Meeting and Spring Refresher held in March.

2020 Family Medicine Educator of the Year

Maryann Dakkak, MD

2020 Family Medicine Educator of the Year


Dr. Dakkak has an indescribable energy. A newer faculty member, she has quickly become a resident favorite due to her love of teaching, commitment to social justice, and passion for women’s health. She never fails to try and get to personally know the residents she works with, and easily shares her experiences both in medical cases, managing, busy work and outside life. Her outpatient clinic is filled with gynecologic procedures during which she provides instruction and guidance, then truly lets the residents gain the muscle memory themselves. She is full-spectrum family medicine, including physician as teacher and advocate.

She uses humor and knowledge to make patients feel cared for, and to get the team working together.  She is a truly inspiring physician, a kind and patient teacher, and a friendly face who is always willing to impart some sage advice or tell a funny story.

MassAFP congratulates Dr. Dakkak on earning 2020's Family Medicine Educator of the Year award.

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