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 Northampton Physician Receives Preceptor Hall of Fame Award
Award recognizes exemplary service to Family Medicine education

Boston, MA – Flora Sadri, DO, president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP) has announced that Stephanie Denise Silverman, MD, FAAFP is the recipient of the 2018 Preceptor Hall of Fame award in recognition of her exemplary, life-long clinical teaching of medical students in the specialty of Family Medicine.

The MassAFP presents the Preceptor Hall of Fame award to recognize a physician who exemplifies the tradition of a Family Physician’s long-time dedication as a teacher, mentor and preceptor. The 2018 award will be presented at MassAFP’s Annual Meeting at noon on March 23, 2018 at the Taj Hotel, Boston.

Dr. Silverman has been a family physician for 20 years and has been teaching almost as long. She started as a preceptor following her residency and has been teaching medical students ever since. Dr. Silverman is currently Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School – Baystate; Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UMass Medical School; and the Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.

When seeing patients, Dr. Silverman hosts medical students in her office, Wayne Altman, MD, FAAFP, Tufts University School of Medicine Jaharis Family Chair of Family Medicine and Professor shares, “She gets rave reviews in this role. Students develop a nice connection with her and she has been a mentor for many students over the years.”

Tufts University Family Medicine Clerkship Director, Deborah Erlich, MD, MMedEd, FAAFP adds, “Dr. Silverman’s students quickly perceive her genuine interest in their learning. She has earned phenomenal evaluations and reviews of her teaching. Over her career she has developed an ideal balance between granting student autonomy, and simultaneously providing compassionate and high-quality care to her patients.”

Dr. Silverman relays, “I love to teach. I could say that I love to see the moment when my students understand something for the first time, but it is so much more than that. I love their enthusiasm. I love watching their growing fund of knowledge.”


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