The OAFP Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce that Lisa Johns, MD, of Columbus, OH, is the recipient of its 2022 Family Physician Mentorship Award. The Foundation annually presents the Family Physician Mentorship Award to recognize a community-based Ohio family physician who, as a preceptor, has exhibited exemplary qualities and characteristics of mentorship excellence.
Dr. Johns is currently the medical director at Southeast Primary Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Columbus. She also serves as an auxiliary professor at The Ohio State University. Since 2016, Dr. Johns has worked with 11 medical students participating in the Foundation’s Leroy A. Rodgers, MD, Preceptorship Program.
Dr. Johns shared the following upon hearing of the award, “It is a big honor to win this award. It is extremely flattering to receive an award that is based on my student reviews. I love working with students, and it is good to know they enjoy working with me. I especially enjoy exposing them to the unique population I work with. My hope is that I can encourage more young physicians to do what I do.”
Dr. John’s CV is lengthy and her commitment to the specialty is obvious, but the best way to share more about her mentoring role is to share a few comments from her nomination and student letters.
The award nominator shared the following: “I am in awe of her commitment to patient care, working to reduce barriers in healthcare and educating physicians of the future. She has already left her mark in her career and I cannot wait to see how many more people’s lives she can change.”
Following are excerpts from student reports in the Preceptorship Program:
“Under the guidance of Dr. Johns, I gained the confidence to ask difficult questions and appreciated her willingness to provide feedback on my history taking and physical exam skills.”
“While watching Dr. Johns interact with her patients, I learned how to approach situations without judgment. Many of the patients I spoke with had traumatic histories, and I learned how to listen and empathize when I did not share similar experiences with them.”
“Her knowledge and experience with the patient population blew me away. I remember watching her in awe the first time I saw her interact with patients. I also saw the wide range of hats she wore as a primary care physician; she needed to be able to go from one system to the next with every patient room she entered. I admired the sheer amount of knowledge she was able to incorporate into practice every day with every patient.”
Dr. Johns earned her medical degree from the Georgia Health Science University, Augusta, GA, and completed her family medicine residency at The Ohio State University Family Medicine Residency Program.
Congratulations, Dr. Johns!