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Robert A. Baldor, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Robert Baldor, founding Chair for the UMMS-Baystate Department of Family Medicine (FM) and Professor of Family Medicine, has recently received two grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that will enhance medical education in the Pioneer Valley.
A $750,000 Heath Research and Services Administration (HRSA) grant will support the new FM residency program by funding faculty development, innovative curriculum, and training of family physicians in longitudinal and comprehensive primary care for people of all ages and genders with an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion. The three-year residency will be based at Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) in Greenfield, MA. Four FM residents will be recruited annually and welcomed to the Greenfield community starting in July 2022.
Dr. Baldor has also received a second grant, worth $100,000, from the Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The statewide Massachusetts Area Health Education Center (MassAHEC) is based in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at the main UMass Medical School campus in Worcester under the direction of Linda Cragin, MS. Dr. Baldor’s award supports a new rural AHEC at Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) led by Project Coordinator, Justin Ayala, and will allow medical students in UMMS-Baystate’s PURCH program exposure to social determinants of health impacting local communities in urban and rural locations. Experience in such environments has been shown to be a key factor in medical students’ choice to work in under-served areas upon completion of their training. The FM residency will also serve as an opportunity for PURCH students to continue to learn about and deliver rural health care during their graduate medical education.
Reham Shaaban, DO
Congratulations to Reham Shaaban, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UMMS-Baystate, for her appointment to the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC). The AIAMC is a national organization of independent teaching hospitals committed to delivering exceptional patient care through education and innovation.
Dr. Shaaban has been an active AIAMC member for 8 years and has participated in various national initiatives within the organization. Beginning April 2020, she will serve a 3-year term on the Board of Directors. In this role, she will advise, govern, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the AIAMC to ensure the organization meets its mission and serves the needs of its members.
To be selected as a Board member of the AIAMC, nominees must be employees of a current Alliance member in good standing and in a senior management position at their institution. Individuals may be nominated by any Alliance member institution, their peers, or self-nominated.
“This Board appointment is a great honor to continue active involvement and have a voice to keep Baystate’s legacy alive within the organization and also to advocate for exceptional patient care, safety and educational innovation,” said Dr. Shaaban.
Learn more about the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers here.
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