During the annual Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Members Assembly, the OAFP Foundation hosted a variety of fundraising activities to support its mission throughout the year. This year’s activities brought in over $8,000! Attendees participated in a silent auction, wine cork pull, Past Presidents’ Quilt raffle, and “Best Seat in the House” bidding.
Each of the fundraising activities raised funds to support the Foundation’s mission. Funds raised will directly benefit student career choice in family medicine. The Foundation appreciates all of its generous donors! Thanks to all who participated in this year’s events!
In addition to fundraising fun at the Members Assembly, during the Academy Awards Dinner, the Foundation named Shelley Blackburn, MD, as its 2016 Family Physician Mentor Award recipient.
The Family Physician Mentor Award recognizes a community-based Ohio family physician who as a preceptor has exhibited exemplary qualities/characteristics of mentorship excellence.
Dr. Blackburn has been practicing medicine for 26 years and is currently an associate director at the Grant Family Medicine Residency Program, Columbus, OH, and practices at Rivers Edge Family Medicine in Columbus. Her practice provides full-spectrum family medicine services including outpatient, inpatient, and obstetric care. Dr. Blackburn joined the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians in 1990 and is currently a member.
According to award nominator Julie Petersen, DO, Dr. Blackburn demonstrates her passion for medical education and full-spectrum care by precepting the Grant Family Medicine inpatient medicine and obstetric services while working as a full-time, private outpatient physician. As a resident learner under Dr. Blackburn’s mentorship, Dr. Petersen shares, “students and residents gravitate toward her warmth, ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ attitude, and impressive knowledge and skill level. She makes full spectrum medicine seem not only possible, intellectually challenging, and personally fulfilling. I know that countless residents and students have been drawn to family medicine as a result.”
Dr. Blackburn summed up her award recognition by saying, “There are many aspects of being a family physician that I love, but none more than being a mentor and role model to medical students and residents. So, this award is very near and dear to my heart.”
Read more about Dr. Blackburn in her press release on the Foundation’s website.
View photos from the Members Assembly, including Foundation activities, on the Academy’s Facebook page