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Preceptor Hall of Fame

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.

The MassAFP Preceptor Hall of Fame is designed to recognize a physician who exemplifies the tradition of "Physician as Teacher", but does so generously, at a high level, over an extended period of time.

Preceptor Hall of Fame Criteria:

  • Recognized by peers, residents and students for excellence in teaching, and is compassionate to patients as well as those he/she is teaching.
  • Is directly and effectively involved in community affairs and in activities that enhance the quality of life.
  • Provides a credible and amiable 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, and to young physicians in training and medical students.
  • Is a member in good standing of the MassAFP.
  • A life-time achievement meant for someone who has been teaching/leading for an extended period of time.

Massachusetts' Preceptor Hall of Fame will be honored at a luncheon during the Annual Meeting and Spring Refresher held in March.

2021 Preceptor Hall of Fame

Michael C. Ennis, MD

2021 Preceptor Hall of Fame


The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP) is pleased to announce that Michael C. Ennis, MD of Worcester, MA, is the recipient of the 2021 Preceptor Hall of Fame award in recognition of his exemplary, life-long clinical teaching of medical students in the specialty of Family Medicine. Dr. Ennis received this honor at the MassAFP Virtual Annual Meeting and Spring Refresher on March 26-27, 2021. MassAFP represents over 2,000 dedicated family physicians, residents, and medical students throughout the Commonwealth.

MassAFP presents the Preceptor Hall of Fame award to recognize a physician who exemplifies the tradition of "Physician as Teacher", but does so generously, at a high level, for an extended period of time. Dr. Ennis has been a Faculty Physician at UMass Memorial Health Care / Hahnemann Family Health Center since 1986. In addition to serving as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs/Advising, he is the Co-Founder of Learning Communities and Co-Director of the Doctoring & Clinical Skills course at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Ennis is a true icon of family medicine in Massachusetts and is deserving of the great honor of being inducted into the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians Preceptor Hall of Fame. 

Dr. Ennis was part of the MassAFP Education Committee from 1993-2000, where he oversaw MassAFP’s Annual Meeting & Spring Refresher educational programming including topics and tracks, KSA sessions and poster presentations. In addition to his many teaching activities at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Ennis is also the Instructor of Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (A.L.S.O.) Course at various New England Locations.

Stephanie Carter-Henry, MD, MS Medical and Education Director at Hahnemann Family Health Center, states this about Dr. Ennis, "There is no doubt that Dr. Ennis has been an unwavering advocate for medical students, family medicine, and care of communities over his 30+ years as a mentor and educator. He continues with this work and with passion serves his students, residents, and patients. He is a model for all learners about the importance of family medicine, continuity, and longitudinal relationships. He has made a mark on me and many others and represents family medicine by modeling care of families over many generations.”

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, FAAFP Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, also states, “Dr. Ennis has been the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring, the William Damon Mentorship Award (voted by the Family Medicine Senior Residents), the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award (voted on by the graduating medical students) and other awards for humanism and teaching. I have never met another preceptor (and I work amongst some very amazing medical educators) that exemplifies what the Preceptor Hall of Fame Award is about.”

Dr. Ennis relays, “I am genuinely moved to receive this award, especially considering that it emphasizes precepting, the 1-on-1 everyday teaching that has truly been the foundation of medical education since ancient times.”

 

 

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