Awards

The Ohio 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. This year, the OAFP is pleased to sponsor the following awards and is actively seeking nominations for each category.

The call for 2022 nominations will be released in winter 2021.

Family Physician of the Year

This award recognizes family physicians that have exhibited extraordinary, beyond-the-call-of-duty merit, articulated and encouraged members and students to pursue the ideals of family medicine, and conveyed these ideals to the public.

Watch the following video to learn more about our 2021 Family Physician of the Year award recipient Richard Mizer, MD:

Eligibility Criteria
  • Has 10 years post-residency (or equivalent) experience
  • Is currently and has been a member of the OAFP for a meaningful period of time
  • Is currently in practice.
Selection Process
The Awards Workgroup will select an award recipient based on the demonstration of the following criteria:
  • Is an outstanding family physician role model to peers, medical students, residents, and/or their community
  • Maintains high professional standards and service orientation
  • Provides high quality, family-centered, continuing health care
  • Is active in the community, education, or other public affairs.

Nomination Guidelines & Process
Nominations may be made by any OAFP member, local constituent chapter, family medicine residency program, department of family medicine, or community individual. To check a physician’s membership status, please contact Lauren Heberling or call 800.742.7327.

Individuals who have been nominated but not selected in the past can be nominated in subsequent years. The top three physicians who were nominated but not selected for the 2021 award will automatically be considered as candidates in 2022. Those candidates can only rollover once, but can be re-nominated for consideration beginning the process anew.


Family Medicine Educator of the Year

This award recognizes family physician teachers who have exhibited extraordinary, beyond-the-call-of-duty merit, articulated and encouraged members and students to pursue the ideals of family medicine, and conveyed these ideals to the public.

Learn more about the legacy of the posthumous OAFP 2021 Family Medicine Educator of the Year award recipient William D. Smucker, MD.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Is currently and has been a member of the OAFP for a meaningful period of time
  • Has 10 years post-residency (or equivalent) experience
  • Is actively caring for patients.
Selection Process
The Awards Workgroup will select an award recipient based on demonstration of the following criteria:
  • Is an outstanding teacher of family medicine
  • Is a successful education administrator or practitioner
  • Is a productive researcher/scholar
  • Is an inspiring leader.

Nomination Guidelines & Process
Nominations may be made by any OAFP member, local constituent chapter, family medicine residency program, department of family medicine, or community individual. To check a physician’s membership status, please contact Lauren Heberling or call 800.742.7327.

Individuals who have been nominated but not selected in the past can be nominated in subsequent years. The top three physicians who were nominated but not selected for the 2021 award will automatically be considered as candidates in 2022. Those candidates can only rollover once, but can be re-nominated for consideration beginning the process anew.


Resident Leadership Award

This award annually recognizes a resident or fellow in Ohio who has exhibited leadership in the OAFP as well as the following qualities:
  • Promotion of family medicine
  • Recruitment
  • Professionalism
  • Research skills
  • Community service
  • Teaching skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Role model to peers.

Congratulations to our 2021 Resident Leadership Award recipient Andrea Rosado, MD.

Nomination Guidelines & Process
Nominations may be made by individuals who have knowledge of the nominee’s accomplishments including OAFP members, faculty, office staff, health care professionals, and fellow residents and medical students. A nominee must be a resident member of the OAFP. To check a resident’s membership status, please contact the OAFP or call 800.742.7327.

To nominate a resident, please send a letter of recommendation (two page maximum) to:
OAFP Awards Workgroup
Ohio Academy of Family Physicians
4075 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43214-3296
Fax: 614.267.9191
Email: lheberling@ohioafp.org


Friend of Family Medicine

This award recognizes an elected official, member of the media (individual or organization), or community individual who has worked on, been involved with, or reported on issues related to family medicine in Ohio.

Congratulations to our 2021 Friend of Family Medicine Award recipient Mike Appleman, MA, Ed.

Who Can Be Nominated?
  • Any Ohio elected official
  • Media outlets in Ohio
  • Print and broadcast reporters and hosts for Ohio media outlets
  • Editors for Ohio media outlets
  • Publishers for Ohio media outlets
  • Freelance writers who have published in Ohio newspapers or magazines
  • Community individuals who have played an important role in family medicine.
Nomination Guidelines & Process
Nominations may be made by OAFP members, medical student and resident members, members of the media, and the public. Nominations must include the following items and nominators may also include a recommendation letter (two page maximum):
  • For members of the media, the person making the nomination should include a copy of any articles, broadcasts (date and title of story that aired is sufficient), or other examples of work that exhibit the nominee’s support of family medicine.
  • For elected officials and community individuals, the person making the nomination should include a letter of recommendation not to exceed two pages and any examples of work that exhibit the nominee’s support of family medicine if applicable.
  • Any work, articles, or broadcasts that represent a nominee’s support of family medicine must have be completed between January 1 and December 31, 2021.
Please complete and submit the nomination form and send corresponding articles, broadcasts (date and title of story that aired is sufficient), or other examples of work that exhibit the nominee’s support of family medicine to:

OAFP Awards Workgroup
Ohio Academy of Family Physicians
4075 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43214-3296
Fax: 614.267.9191
Email: lheberling@ohioafp.org


Torchlight Leadership Award

Presented yearly at the discretion of the OAFP Board of Directors, this award honors an Academy leader who best champions the mission and vision of the OAFP to improve the health of patients by advocating for and advancing the specialty of family medicine and providing valuable solutions to the diverse needs of members.

As an active leader of the Academy since 1998, Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP, of Dayton, OH, has served as president, vice president, treasurer, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) delegate and Board member, and as chair of various committees prior to being installed as president of the AAFP in 2019.

During Dr. LeRoy’s presidency, the world was faced with the unprecedented reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. LeRoy led the AAFP through uncertainty and was a voice for family medicine in Washington, D.C., as national leaders established an action plan for the healthcare crisis. From advocating for physician safety during the personal protection equipment shortage, to reassuring the public about the efficacy of telehealth, Dr. LeRoy served as a stronghold for primary care.

Dr. LeRoy made it a priority throughout 2020 to help spark hope and inspiration for family physicians during the solemn months of the pandemic by publishing chapters of his own book, “Quotes from the Edge of Nowhere: The Art of Noticing Unnoticed Life Wisdom.” These chapters were shared weekly in the Weekly Family Medicine Update and are archived on the OAFP website.

Dr. LeRoy is the current Board Chair of the AAFP, but has been a Board member since 2015. During his first year on the Board, he worked together with his peers to create an executive position charged with strengthening diversity within the AAFP’s leadership and staff. These efforts resulted in the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Health Equity, which launched the EveryONE project, a toolkit that helps family physicians and their practices teams address social determinants of health.

As a child, Dr. LeRoy always wanted to be a superhero. He even created an imaginary alter ego, Marvelmoon, who desires to make the world a better place. Now, his fictional hero is embodied in his love of family medicine and passion that drives him to serve.

Dr. LeRoy embodies the characteristics and values of a family physician leader and the OAFP is honored to present him with the Torchlight Leadership Award.

Congratulations to our our 2021 Torchlight Leadership Award recipient Dr. Leroy!

 


National Awards

The American Academy of Family Physicians also sponsors a variety of awards each year. If you would like more information on national awards, please contact the OAFP or visit the AAFP website.