Stowe Family Practice was awarded 2015 Practice of the Year by the University of Vermont Department of Family Medicine and the Vermont Academy of Family Physicians for providing excellence in office-based teaching in a family practice environment. This award is given annually to recognize commitment above and beyond the standard contributions to teaching programs. Stowe Family Practice is a part of Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley.
Stowe Family Practice doctors Katie Marvin and Bob Quinn volunteer their time to work with and teach medical students and family medicine residents. “I was so overwhelmed by the emotion of receiving this award,” Quinn says. “All of our residency teachers were there and it really felt like such an honor.”
“I was a teacher before medical school, and have always loved watching people learn,” Marvin explains. “We hope to attract more medical students into the field of family medicine, and while they are here I am often reminded of the exciting variety of what we are trained to do. I look forward to the days with students here.” Marvin is spending additional time this coming year working with residents who are interested in addiction medicine.
The Stowe Family Practice providers, nurses, and front staff are committed to the teaching experience, especially office manager Nicki Bailey, who organized the necessary compliance paperwork for medical students to be at the clinic. MAT team member Katie Whittaker, RN, helped with the addiction medicine teaching days. The students would not have gained the experience without the consent of patients, who almost universally allow for the medical students to be present, often for very personal conversations and exams.
“We see teaching as carrying on a tradition which is an essential part of medical training,” says Marvin. We were taught by volunteer physicians and now have the opportunity to give back. It is worth the time it takes to listen to questions, sit and talk about the current culture of medicine, and hear great ideas from up-and-coming young physicians.”
A check for $1,000 was awarded along with a plaque, and Stowe Family Practice is donating the financial gift to the Lamoille Family Center. “It seems fitting that the money be used to support another great, local organization that also provides essential teaching and guidance to the mothers, fathers, and children of our area,” Marvin says.
Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley (CHSLV) is funded in part through a grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration and generous community support. CHSLV is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233