Aug 25, 2008

First Choice Physician Awarded Prestigious Teaching Honor

 Local Family Physician Awarded Prestigious Teaching Honor

The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Announces 2009 Pfizer Teacher Development Award Winners

LEAWOOD, Kans. –Santiago Macias, MD, a practicing family physician in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is among a select group of physicians honored by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation for his commitment to education in the field of family medicine. Dr. Macias was selected to receive the 2009 Pfizer Teacher Development Award based on his scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and dedication to family medicine. "As a residency program director for several years, having part-time, community-based family physician colleagues committed to teaching and mentoring residents and students is vital to our program and to our medical school. I applaud the efforts of these award winners for their dedication to the values of family medicine and to teaching the next generation of physicians. In addition, I am very thankful for Pfizer's continued commitment in this area," said Mark H. Belfer, D.O., AAFP Foundation President.

The $1,500 award recognizes community-based physicians who teach family medicine on a part-time basis. The award provides funding for each recipient to attend an activity of choice to further their professional development and teaching skills.

Dr. Macias earned his medical degree from University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and is a graduate of the University of New Mexico Family and Community Medicine Residency Program, where he is currently a part-time instructor. Dr. Macias will be recognized for this achievement during a ceremony held by his teaching center.

The AAFP Foundation, which administers the Pfizer Teacher Development Award, is the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP Foundation advances the values of family medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people. Please visit for more information.

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